If your hair is medium to long in length, a balayage is a great natural looking hair color service to discuss with your hairdresser. There are so many color options to choose from, and it’s a hair color technique that requires a lot less maintenance compared to other hair colour options like platinum blond or highlights. Although short hair might not benefit as much from a balayage hair service compared to longer hair, ask your hairdresser and they’ll help you decide what’s best suited for your length. Ultimately, if a balayage is what you want, many salons offer custom dyed hair extensions to help you customize a look you’ll love.
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Balayage is a popular hair dye trend which offers clients a softer and less noticeable regrowth than traditional hair color techniques like highlights. The main idea behind a balayage is less is more, so soft natural-looking color placement is key to achieving this look. Since balayage is a freehand technique which is meant to help hair look sun-kissed, it should be applied to pieces of hair close together, with softness at the roots and a thicker application towards the ends. A balayage looks sharp on a long bob with natural-looking roots and caramel tips.
Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. The technique aims to achieve natural-looking sun-kissed hair similar to a child’s hair after spending their summer in the sun.
When it comes to telling the difference between a Balayage vs an Ombre, non-hairdressers might conclude that hair professionals speak a confusing language all about hair and hair colour.
Balayage is a technique that involves sweeping hair colour onto small triangular sections of hair. Hair foils are used to sweep the hair colour with a brush to achieve a natural colour transition down the length of the hair. The balayage technique leaves dark pieces on the bottom to create dimension and a natural look. Hairdressers describe a balayage as sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair, and it’s less maintenance than an ombre.
Ombre refers to the actual style, which is a dramatic, two-toned hair colour effect achieved by lightening the hair from dark to light from the top to the ends. An ombre is like color blocking, and it does not leave any dark pieces at the bottom since the colour gradually transitions from dark to light.
Balayage is generally a faster process than painting hair dye onto a full head of foils, so the service typically takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, plus about 1 hour for the hair color to process.
Since a balayage is free-hand and it could take your hairdresser some time to perfect your natural-looking color application, prices range from about $200+ at a mid to high-end salon if you have long hair, and slightly less if you have short hair. Curly hair, straight hair, medium hair and short hair can all benefit from the versatility of a balayage service, so talk to your hairdresser about your budget, then come up with a plan you’re both comfortable with.
Balayage doesn’t involve dying or bleaching all of your hair, so most stylists agree that balayage is less damaging than many other hair color services. Balayage also involves less processing time, so your hair will look and feel healthier and softer compared to foil services. Also, processing a balayage doesn’t involve applying heat, so your hair won’t feel brassy or over-processed.
If you have thick asian hair, a balayage is far less damaging than bleaching a full head of hair to achieve colors like platinum blonde, gold, copper, silver, purple or pink, red or rose for instance. Natural colors like brown or caramel are perfectly suited for a balayage service on dark asian hair.
One of the best things about a balayage is that it can last 12-14 weeks, so you won’t have to visit your hairdresser every 6 weeks for touch-ups. Therefore, you’ll be cutting down on the cost of maintaining your hair and you’ll be carefree much longer. Since balayage highlights will grow-out much more natural compared to regular highlights, you can enjoy a much longer grow-out period.
A soft caramel balayage can look very natural on black or dark hair. One or several sessions might be needed to lighten the hair enough to achieve a balayage, but it’s definitely possible.