Why Balayage Is The New Black
The trending hairstyle that everybody’s talking about? Balayage. People everywhere (and especially celebrities) are rocking this faux-natural look and embracing it across every season. Rain, hail or shine, balayage is the new black – and it’s here to stay.
What is balayage?
‘Balayage’ is a French word that means ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. The term was adopted for this blissfully blended hairstyle because of the sweeping way in which the colour is applied to the hair.
The subtle shift in tones and softer transition from dark to light creates a natural, sun-kissed look that allows for less noticeable regrowth. Balayage brings together light and shade to add a multi-tonal dimension to your hair.
How is balayage applied?
Balayage differs from the standard hair-dying process because the colour itself is painted only onto the surface of the hair, covering the ends but not saturating them, and steering well clear of the roots.
How long does it take?
The amount of time it takes to get your balayage done will vary depending on how many highlights you need/want. A few small highlights won’t take long at all, but for a full head balayage, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a 3+ hour visit to the hairdresser.
The ongoing popularity of balayage
The balayage look is loved by so many for a number of reasons (lighter, brighter, natural and beautiful), but the key to its popularity is its low maintenance care.
Because balayage allows the roots of your hair to remain their natural colour, as your hair grows out, it does so in a natural, sun-kissed kind of way.
Which means you get to spend less time on upkeep at the hairdresser and more time being complimented on your naturally summer-looking locks. It’s a win-win!
What is the difference between ombré and balayage?
While ombré and balayage may sound similar, they do have their differences. Where balayage gently intertwines colour in varying degrees throughout your hair, ombré creates a more defined colour transition from one to the next.
You can have ombré with more than one colour, but even with a soft fade between them, each shade will be its own solid block. Balayage, on the other hand, doesn’t transition in blocks – it plays on dark and light in every strand and offers a more natural look.
Choose your balayage beauty bar wisely
If you’re ready to embrace the balayage look, be sure to choose a hair salon with experience in the popular hair painting technique. Our talented team of stylists are experts at balayage and finding the perfect multi-tonal look for you.