What is Balayage?

The magic question: What is Balayage, and what makes it different from foils?

Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed, natural looking hair color – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being ‘less is more’ when creating soft, natural looks.

Sun-Kissed BalayageOver the past several years, Balayage has become much more popular. The art of Balayage does not utilize a specific product; rather, it is a technique that can be done with any color. I fell in love with Balayage because of its soft and sun-kissed look, loving how it mimics that child-like hair color that results from summers spent out in the sun.  Being a painter by nature, the freedom to place color where it’s needed and organically highlight just what the hair needs versus layering on row of foils makes it a dream canvas.

Balayage gives a natural, non-uniform, ever so slightly 'grown-out' lookSomething else to consider is that the head is a round surface…when highlights are applied using the Balayage technique, it results in a natural, non-uniform, ever so slightly ‘grown-out’ look. Foils are great too – they serve their purpose, and I truly value them. Balayage just holds special place in my heart because it allows me to express myself creatively and customize natural highlights for each client. Many of my clients were anxious about trying this technique initially, and now it’s all they want!

How is Balayage applied?How is it applied?

Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips of the hair, otherwise you would have a streak of color that isn’t very soft at all. It is also called a ‘freehand’ technique because no foil is used to create the highlights.

Balayage is a 'freehand' techniqueWhat sets it apart from traditional hair coloring?

It’s totally specific to each client! A good Balayage expert will be able to place the color to suit your skin tone so it’ll look amazing and really lighten up your features. But don’t get it confused with layage – a similar but more precise technique.

What’s making it so popular recently?

It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught until recently. It’s now becoming much better known because clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

Not much at all. It grows out beautifully and very naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you need to do is protect it as you would any other color: use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.

What is Balayage?What makes it timeless?

It’s low maintenance, looks more natural, and is a modern technique extremely flattering. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that will never go out of fashion. Balayage gives a gorgeous healthy finish that looks nature-enhanced, glossy and feminine. It can be natural or strong, depending on what you want – it’s all about the application technique.