Balayage* The highlights that are sweeping the nation!

Today I want to talk about the highlight technique that is sweeping the nation, literally!  Balayage, which in translation means to sweep, seems to be the hottest trend in hair color right now!  Although this is not a new technique, it has just recently become more popular in the US.  So today I want to break down what balayage is, who this technique is for, some its benefits, and help everyone understand why it is rapidly becoming the most popular highlighting technique there is!
Balayage highlights are hand painted and are meant to give a more natural look.  Much like the highlights you were able to achieve as a child, simply by playing outside.  As I mentioned earlier, the word balayage means “to sweep”, which is a reference to how it is applied.  Balayage is a French coloring technique that first began in Paris back in the 70’s.  This freehand technique, because of how it is applied, gives a softer less noticeable regrowth allowing more time in between salon visits. Balayage started to become more popular here in the 90’s, as we were seeing these highlights on celebrities and models walking the runway in fashion shows.
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You might be asking yourself, who is this technique for?  Is this something that I could have done?  Well if you are someone that enjoys a more natural look and prefers a color that requires very low maintenance, then this is perfect for you.  Balayage is not limited to just a sun kissed natural look.  Using this technique you can also achieve a more bold contrasted look, if you are someone that likes to have a little fun with their color.
So what makes balayage different?  Well for starters, these highlights are generally applied more to the surface of hair and not saturated until reaching the tips giving a soft graduated natural effect.    When it come to this technique, less really is more!  Balayage highlights are very  strategically placed to help accent certain parts of your haircut, and highlight your features.  When receiving balayage, you truly are getting custom color!
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Now if you are someone who like to have a full head of highlights, then a traditional foil may be more suiting to your needs.  One technique is not better than the other, they are both wonderful!  There is a highlighting technique out there for everyone and if you are not sure which best suits you, then talk to your stylist about it. That’s why we are here!
Now when it comes to balayage, I feel that it will take around 3 visits spaced about 6 weeks apart until you start seeing the true results, that would be if you are someone switching from traditional foils to  balayage.   After the initial 3 visits, you can expect to be able to spread out your color appointments and go a few extra weeks before needing highlights again.  Who wouldn’t love that??  If you are someone that does not currently have highlights in your hair, then you will enjoy the benefits of balayage immediately!
One of the benefits of balayage is being able to maintain dimension from one salon visit to the next!  Because of the way that the highlights are placed, you can achieve lightness with just a few highlights, leaving the rest of the hair untouched giving you killer dimension!
These beachy highlights are being seen on all of the hottest celebs right now!  If you have ever flipped through a Victoria’s Secret catalog you will see balayage on almost every model!  If only balayage could give you that bombshell bikini bod!  But if I can have the hair of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, I’ll take it!!
Hopefully I have been able to shed some light on this new highlighting technique that everyone has been talking about, and if there is one thing that I know for sure, it’s that balayage is here to stay!!
Happy Styling,
Jennifer Payne

About RIAH Hair Studio

How We Came to Be . . . RIAH Hair Studio In May 2011, the former Salon Rage of Southampton, Pennsylvania relocated to a new space and changed their name to RIAH Hair Studio. RIAH? (pronounced 'Rye-Ah') Yes, it's "hair" spelled in reverse. Donna originally established Salon RAGE in March 1999. The salon delivered comprehensive hair services to the surrounding communities. As a seasoned beauty industry professional for over 29 years, Donna believed in education, not only for her stylists, but for her clients as well. This prompted her to open this first salon where she could foster such a dynamic environment. After 10+ years in Southampton and a desire to move closer to her family, in 2011 she relocated her business to Furlong, Pennsylvania in the heart of Bucks County. Re-emerging as RIAH Hair Studio, Donna has created a modern, contemporary, urban loft design experience located on the corner of York Rd & Edison-Furlong Roads, at the Village Corner in Buckingham Township. RIAH Hair Studio is an intimate boutique salon that is relaxing, comfortable & social, providing the "Right Attitude" from the team resulting in a "Great Experience" for their clients. It's the "RAGE" she carefully develops to this day. The stylists are continually certified in the latest hair techniques (color, cut, design, styles, tools, products, and fashion trends). Their clients, female, male, young or mature, enjoy the benefits of this extensive training. Additionally, they are taught how to re-create and maintain their RIAH experience until the next appointment. It makes RIAH Hair Studio stand out as one of the most referred-to salons in Bucks County! When we have the opportunity to see you in our new space, we'll provide you with the "Right Attitude & Great Experience" as we have always strived to do. Happy Day! from Donna & the Team at RIAH Hair Studio View all posts by RIAH Hair Studio

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