The Balayage colouring technique may have been developed in the 1970s, but it is responsible for some of the most popular contemporary looks. Every celebrity from Khloe Kardashian to Beyonce has been sporting a balayage for those essential sun-kissed highlights. Today, it is one of the most requested looks in hair salons across the country.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a hair colouring technique which has become incredibly popular in recent years. The word itself is French and is easy to mispronounce. The correct way to say it is “bah-lee-arge” (or “balɪjɑːʒ” for the linguists among you). Here is a handy video to show you exactly how to pronounce it. Remember to turn on your speakers. If you’ve been pronouncing it wrong all this time don’t feel bad, lots of people are in the same boat.
The technique relies on the skilful freehand application of colour by stylists or careful placement of baby lights through the hair. Stylists use a sweeping painting style beginning with the darker tones, or the natural colour in the roots, and gradually blending into a lighter colour. Remember, balayage doesn’t necessarily mean bright blonde, this technique can be incredibly subtle. In addition, baby lights can also be added, depending on the final effect that you want to achieve.
Balayage a great way to change up your look without going too drastic. One of the reasons why balayage is so popular is because you get a much softer look. This natural and blended look is so subtle it means that regrowth is much less noticeable. If you lead a busy life, balayage could be perfect as it’s very easy to manage. Also, it’s a good way to start if you eventually want to change your look from dark hair to light as a gradual process. As an added bonus, curling and waving the hair really shows off a balayage, so it can raise your game on a Saturday night.
Balayage v. Ombré
Another really popular colour look today is the ombré which is a dip dye. It’s a beautiful look and produces layers of colour. Balayage and ombré are both very hot looks right now but quite different. A balayage has a natural finish but ombré features a more drastic contrast between the colours used and normally the top is made darker than your hair’s natural shade.
Balayage in Plymouth
Worried that balayage may not suit you? Perhaps you’re not sure what it entails? If you live or work in Plymouth and want to try balayage, pop into The Cutting Garden for a consultation and one of our highly talented stylists will talk you through it. It doesn’t matter if you have long flowing tresses or a really short pixie crop, a balayage could look great on you, just ask our stylist to advise you. You can even add an Olaplex treatment to this type of colour too. Allow around two and a half to three hours for your treatment.
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