Balayage is very much on-trend and has persisted to be on-trend for years now. Getting balayage is a process, but the outcomes are so pretty that it is worth it! If you’re interested in having your hair balayage, this is the perfect article for you! In this article, all the ins and outs of balayage hair will be discussed.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a French word that means "to paint" or "to sweep". Balayage is a hair dyeing technique where the dye is "painted" onto the hair to give it a natural gradient look that allows one color to fade into another without any harsh lines. This form of hair dying uses light and dark tones that best compliment the client’s hair to create dimension and leave the hair with a natural, blended, glowing look.
Balayage is great because the color that is added to your hair can be customized to your current hair color. There is no one set color for balayage. The hair stylist will take the current color of your hair and the look you want to achieve into consideration when they are helping you find that perfect color.
Where did balayage originate?
Being that the word is of French origin, balayage originated in France in the 1970's. Compared to other hair dying strategies at the time, balayage was seen as revolutionary. Rather than using caps or foils, the hairdressers were able to paint the color right onto the client's hair like a work of art. They used strips of cotton to separate dyed from undyed hair that helped them achieve that effortless look. Balayage came to the US in the 90s and was picked up fast by many celebrities and event decades later it is still a large trend. Many celebrities today have their hair balayage as well!
What is the difference between highlights and balayage?
Highlights are often achieved through the use of foils and picking certain strands of hair to highlight throughout the hair. Balayage differs from this because the dye is spread amongst all the hair and it is applied by brushing the color on. Because balayage is painted on the new color is more consistent and less upkeep than highlights. The results are for a slow progress look and leave the hair with a stream of dimension verses strips.
What is the difference between ombré and balayage?
The word "Ombré" is also a French word, this word means "shadow". The process of ombré hair includes dying the hair from one color and then gradually into another color—typically, a dark fading into light color. The goal is to make the hair look like it has been "dip-dyed". In comparison to balayage, it is more natural and an easier process than ombré. Balayage has no clear line between the colors where as ombré can sometimes have a line that shows the difference between the colors. Balayage hair requires less maintenance than ombré hair as well.
Is balayage right for you?
A great perk of balayage is that it allows for a lot of creativity! You have the choice of deciding how big of a change in color you want while also deciding on the color itself. It’s always a good idea to take into consideration how you normally style your hair when you’re looking to dye it.
How can you tell if your balayage hair has been done right by your hair stylist?
Balayage is supposed to give a subtle and seamless blend of color through all of your hair. The pieces of hair that are dyed should not have any harsh lines and should be soft at the root while fading darker towards the end. Balayage is to be applied at surface level and not saturated through your whole hair as well.
Be sure to check the salon that you’re looking to use and check the ratings/after pictures from their clients. Color jobs can always be fixed, but it’s important to do your research on the salon and the stylist, so you can be sure to get it right the first time.