The word “balayage” is a french word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint.” It is a technique for highlighting in which the lightener is hand painted onto the hair to give it a natural, gradual transition. Overall it gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.
Basically, it leaves a sunkissed, natural glow to your hair by using various tones of light and dark to create multiple dimensions of colour. The lightener is painted directly onto the surface of the hair and is not saturated right through until the tips of your hair. This is what creates the natural progression of the dye, leaving a beautiful natural look.
Depending on how light you want to go, the process uses a clay-based lightener, which is much less damaging than typical lightener used to highlight hair. Its consistency is much more thick, which is why it's used for open-air highlights. With this method there is no need for foils. Once the clay based bleach dries, it stops working, which avoids the worry of over-processing and damaging your hair.
Here are some reasons to consider balayage at your next visit...
1) You're looking for a change
If you are looking for a bit of a hair change-up the season, balayage may be the answer to your hair prayers. Fall/winter is the perfect time to add a natural glow to your hair moving into the cooler months. Since a balayage grows out beautifully, it leaves you free to change up your hair again for the spring if you wish.
2) Added Colour Dimension
Balayage adds beautiful dimension to your hair in the most natural way. If you are apprehensive about colouring your hair or nervous about a dramatic change, balayage is the perfect way to meet in the middle. You know the way the sun catches the light and dark tones in your hair that you didn't even know your hair had? Balayage does the same thing but, well, permanently.
3) It’s Low Maintenance
Typically, people avoid colouring their hair because of the maintenance that follows to keep their hair strong and healthy and to keep the colour looking fresh. Because of the way balayage is hand-painted onto the hair the colour grows out seamlessly and there are no harsh growth lines. This means less trips to the salon and less need to continuously re-colour your hair! If you invest in some quality hair products, you will be all set.
4) It's Suitable for all Hair Types
What I love about balayage is that it works great on all hair types. Whether your hair colour is dark or light, or your hair type is wavy, straight, curly, short or long, balayage will most likely suit your hair, as long as you have the right hair colourist. If you have a great colourist, they will know exactly which shades will be realistic and work best for your hair colour, creating a placement unique to just your hair.
So, You're Ready To Explore The World Of Balayage?
Here's What To Ask Your Hairstylist
Consulting with your hairstylist before making the commitment to colour your hair is extremely important. It gives them a chance to advise you on which shades to go with, as well as for you to get a feel for them. Most hair salons offer free consultations, so don't be afraid to ask for one.
If you'd like to consult about trying a balayage on your hair, feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.