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.
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!
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!!