Bah-lay-…….What is Balayage?
Balayage is, to put it simply, hand painted colour. It means to build depth and dimension onto a base colour by hand painting segments of hair just where you want it. This colouring technique has been around forever, but once foiling highlights became the conventional method of colouring and adding dimension, Balayage was quickly ditched. So why are we experiencing a resurgence of this colouring technique? Is it because we all crave more lived in colours and softer looking highlights, or is an environmental choice to get rid of using all of that aluminum foil? I believe it’s all of the above!
Hair trends change so rapidly these days with social media screaming new trends in our faces on a daily basis and Balayage has quickly become the norm for dimensional colour trends for blonde, brunette and vivid colours.
How do you know if it’s Balayage you want or whether it is highlights or overall colour? It can be so confusing! The best way I can suggest addressing this question is as follows:
- Do you want soft, natural almost grown-out streaks of colour? Do you prefer more saturated coloured ends (“dip dyed” hair)? If you’ve answered yes, then Balayage is what you’re looking for.
- If you’re looking for dimensional colour high up around the face and close to the root, then go for highlights. The ends can be Balayaged for more colour saturation.
- If it’s multicolour dimension or vivid colours you’re looking for, you may be looking at a whole head of foils with Balayage or back to back foils with multiple colours. To achieve these intense and bright colours,a bleach-out may be necessary first to rid your hair of colour to get those bright tones.
All this being said about hair dyeing, I cannot stress enough the importance of a colour consultation. These are free and don’t take long, but it will ensure:
a) you’ve picked the right stylist and salon
b) you’re getting the right process for your desired colour
c) that your colour goals are achievable and the kind of budget you’ll be looking at
d) that this colour you seek may take multiple sessions to achieve
These processes take longer, cost more and can take sometimes up to three sessions to achieve the finished look you want. In the end,your colour lasts longer, grows out better and can eliminate the 4-week colour appts of the past!
Hair Blog contributor: Elissa Wolfe, JCI HAD Instructor
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