Balayage first became popular a couple of years ago, but it is still a great choice for many–plus it’s as chic as ever! The technique creates a beautiful, natural-looking color that highlighting techniques of the past just could not quite emulate.
What is Balayage?
“Balayage” is a French word, deriving from the verb “to sweep”. This word is the perfect description for the appearance of balayage color after it is complete, because instead of fully highlighting or lowlighting your strands, your locks appear to be “swept” with color. The color is applied in triangular pieces, but the stylist will apply it much more lightly towards the top. This method leaves the wearer with a gradient effect. The soft-handed application is the reason that the technique results in such a natural appearance, because it allows the levels of saturation to differ along the strands. A balayage may be the best choice for anyone looking for easy-to-maintain, natural-looking dimension.
You may have seen the balayage trend on the internet, on the runway, and even in magazines. The style first became popular a couple of years ago, but it has continued to live on as a 2017 must. If you have yet to try the look out, you may want to book your appointment soon, because once you balayage, you never go back!
To achieve the look, the stylist will use the balayage technique, assuring that the hair is more saturated towards the ends than it is at the top. This technique will help you achieve the layered, dimensional look that you so desire. Whether you hope to add a lighter or deeper dimension, your stylist will be able to assist you in choosing the right color blend for you. The best part about the balayage style is how diverse it can be! If you want a sun-kissed look with a dark brown base, you can change it up to your brown base with blue highlights for your next appointment! Everyone loves to make a change once in awhile, and this look gives you the opportunity to do just that.
Many have the fear that a balayage color is hard to maintain, but luckily, it is far from it! The look is actually easier to keep up than many other hair color options. Because it is applied in a gradient, the wearer is able to grow out their roots without any immediate consequences. While you may have to touch up your roots if you choose a different base than your natural color, this can be a much quicker fix than touching up traditional highlights.
With a color-friendly shampoo (ask your stylist which will best suit your needs), your hair can stay bright and beautiful between hair appointments! In the modern era, we are all too busy to put in too much effort so when it comes to maintenance, less always means more.
What if I Want to Change It?
Balayage is easy to change, unlike many bolder color trends. Because regrowth does not stand out as much as it would against traditional highlights, you have the opportunity to change your base or your highlights/lowlights. If you decide you want to go back to your base color, you can even let it grow out and get a cut! Your opportunities are endless when you choose the balayage look, but if you decide to stick with it, remember that you can wait quite a long while before scheduling a touch-up appointment.
Coverage for Grey Hair
While grey hair is all the rage, some still hope to cover their magnificent greys. If you are hoping for grey coverage, unfortunately, balayage may not be for you. However, if you would like to add some dimension to your silver locks, a dark balayage is a great choice. It will give your greys new life–and make them stand out in the most gorgeous way possible.
Give it a Try!
The look has been made famous by your favorite Hollywood stars, but why shouldn’t you look a little Hollywood too? This easy-to-maintain, high-dimension look is the perfect way to change your style without committing to regular touch-ups. Whether you’re a woman-on-the-go or just hoping to liven up your grey tresses, balayage could be your match made in heaven. Consult with your stylist today and ask them how balayage can change your life (and your look) for the better.