Updated: Mar 27, 2018
Balayage- It's the hottest buzzword that's been going around for a few months now. But what exactly is it and is it right for you?
Balayage is a freehand technique where lightener is swept on the hair to create dimension and movement. This method of coloring was created in Paris in the 1970s with the name coming from the French word meaning "to sweep".
Unlike traditional highlights which use foil or paper to conceal color, balayage processes in open air or is covered with a plastic wrap material. Many different effects can be achieved by this technique which makes it a great choice for many women. Your hair artist can completely customize where they place the lightener and how heavy depending on the look desired, hair type and hair color history. Soft, subtle babylights to heavy chunky highlights can all be done with balayage.
It has gained such popularity for not only the effect it creates but the ease of maintenance. Women want to look fashionable and feel good about themselves but don't nessisarily have the time to be getting a touch up every 4-6 weeks. With balayage you never have a sharp demarcation line or regrowth resulting in a much softer grow out.
For very blonde looks a minimum of two to three appointments spaced 6 weeks apart may be needed to build up the color initially. From there on you could go up to 4 months without needing it to be touched up. In between appointments a glaze and treatment is recommended to keep the color looking fresh and shiny.
The perfect candidates for balayage are:
1. Natural, virgin haired guests (If you color your hair a similar look can be achieved by placing foil or plastic wrap on the hair to ensure proper lift)
2. First time highlight guest who wants a subtle, sunkissed look
3. Guests (male or female) who have very short hair who are not a candidate for traditional foiling
4. Curly hairs guests who want to give some dimension to their hair
5. Dark haired guests who want a pop to their color
6. Guests who h
ve less than 20% of gray hair that they want to cover but still keep their natural hair color
Have you thought about trying the balayage trend?
PS- The pictures in this post is some of my work at Indigo Collective.