Balayage is a coloring technique, free hand painting to ensure natural looks. Balayage is French for “to sweep” a reference to the way in which the color is applied.
Most people don’t walk into a salon and request chunky, zebra-striped highlights, but that’s often what they walk out with. The culprit is often improperly applied foil highlights, which look “stacked” or stripy instead of natural and beachy. Fortunately, balayage is the way to get highlights now, and this almost ensures a naturally highlighted effect that looks more like you spent two weeks on a remote beach rather than a few hours in a salon chair.
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Performing Balayage is time consuming, and it requires a good eye and a very steady hand. Unlike foiled highlights, which look very uniform and a bit unnatural. Balayge isn’t just for blondes: it can also be applied to brunette and red hair.
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This new European coloring technique emerged in Paris in the 1970s; “Balayage” Balayage is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. Performing Balayage is time consuming, and it requires a good eye and a very steady hand. Unlike foiled highlights, which look very uniform and a bit unnatural, hair, which has been subjected to Balayage, simply looks like it has been out in the sun. The highlights can be delicate or more intense, depending on the desires of the client, and Balayge isn’t just for blondes: it can also be applied to brunette and red hair.
Balayage is a hair coloring technique, which is designed to create very natural looking highlights which grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Many stars and models use Balayage on their hair, and in response to popular demand, many salons offer Balayage, especially in urban areas. Some pride themselves on their Balayage technique, considering themselves artisans of the craft and offering training to cosmetologists who are interested in learning Balayage. When hair is colored “with Balayage”, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion, which moves from the base to the tip of the hair, delivering more intense, natural, amazing looks.
At the base, “Balayage” color is applied very lightly, while at the tip, the color is applied very heavy. The result is a natural, stunning, amazing highlight, which looks naturally sun bleached, and as the hair grows out, the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner color applied to the base of the hair. Not all beauty schools offer training in “Balayage sweep techniques” some stylists prefer to apprentice at salons. At Salon CHARISMA, Philip Amodei offers the technique.
When hair is colored “with Balayage”, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion, which moves from the base to the tip of the hair, delivering more intense, natural, amazing looks.
Q. With balayage, do you use the same dye/bleach that you would with foil highlights?
A. Technically, yes. It’s the overall technique that truly makes balayage unique.
Q. Why do you think this technique is growing in popularity?
A. When done properly by an expert, it will achieve a beautiful, multi-dimensional, sun-kissed look on any hair color. Personally, I have always done balayage, and my clients appreciate the specialty involved in the whole process. Foil is cheaper to use, and the weaving technique is much different. You can also achieve an edgy effect with balayage by switching the technique around, but the end result is always beautiful hair.
Q. What are the benefits of balayage?
A. Everything about balayage is beneficial! First, the weaving technique is extremely specialized, and a bit more time consuming, but the hair processes faster by using your natural body heat. Even when the client is placed under the processing lights, heat lamps or dryer for a few minutes, it still creates gorgeous, multi-faceted hair color. Second, the paper used is more gentle. If you’ve ever felt that your hair “won’t grow,” it may be because you’ve been using foils. Hair will break under the stress of being suffocated in foil with bleach under high heat. Foils literally cook the hair. As I tell my clients, we cook with foil; we don’t do hair with it! With balayage, there is generally little to no breakage, and hair is left super shiny and healthier than when a client walked in! The “grow out” is also gentler looking. When done properly, your highlights look great as they grow. It’s truly magical!
Q. When should someone choose balayage over traditional foil highlights?
A. I believe they should choose balayage every time! No comparison!
Q. Does this technique work better on certain types of hair…or on certain colors?
A. No, balayage is great for everyone!
Q. How important is it to find someone who is properly trained in this technique?
A. Are there certain questions you should ask your stylist beforehand? This is such a great question. So many stylists are not trained to do balayage, but do it anyway. And the one who suffers is the client. Definitely ask to see pictures of the stylist’s balayage work. Also, ask if the stylist uses papers or cotton. Using papers gives your hair more dimension because you can add layers of other colors. Using cotton is a bit less strategic. If the stylist uses plastic wrap as a foil-BEWARE! It will have the same effect as foil and will “cook” your hair because it’s enclosed.
Q. How much does it typically cost?
A. Balayage ranges from $250-$600.The beauty of the balayage technique is that you can achieve color-correction with minimal damage to the hair, thus the difference in price range.