Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for sun-kissed natural-looking hair color – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea of Balayage is “less is more” when creating soft, natural looks. Balayage is a freehand technique where the color is painted by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. This versatile technique can be used on even the shortest pixie cut, however, the best results are in hair below the shoulders.
What’s the Appeal?
You can achieve so many different effects — from soft, natural highlights to something strong and punky. The fact that it’s so low maintenance is such a draw for women, too. People want to look fashionable and feel good about their appearance but in this day and age we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch-up.
It’s also a very efficient way to color your hair, as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so you can stretch your appointments out further.
What’s the Process?
The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result. You can expect to have individual strands colored with a brush and a planchette.
As all of our Balayage clients are unique in their style, the time required and pricing for Balayage varies by individual. Plan on a minimum of three appointments to really build up the color initially. These appointments are spaced six weeks apart. From there you could go up to four months without having more Balayage, with a gloss and a treatment to freshen up the color in between appointments.