I love my hairdresser. I’ve been seeing her for about eight years now and trust her judgement completely. Most of the time, I let her do whatever she wants because I know the outcome will always be great. On one of these occasions, I noticed she was free-handing (no foils) my hair colour and I asked her what she was doing. She described to me that she was using a balayage technique to create natural-looking highlights. At the time, I had never heard of this technique so I continued to ask questions.
Balayage has been around for a while but as of late, but recently has become extremely popular. Balayage is a French word, which means to sweep or paint. The effect of a balayage hair colour is a sun-kissed, natural look that has softer and less noticeable regrowth lines. The best part of balayage is that your hairstylist can personalise the colours and placement for you in order to flatter your skin tone and accentuate your facial features. Hairstylists use a variety of techniques to achieve the balayage look but in the case of my hairdresser, she colours individual strands or sections with a brush and a backing board.
Another great aspect of balayage is how low maintenance it is. Due to its soft application, the colour grows out more naturally, which results in less obvious regrowth lines and can be worn longer between appointments. Additionally, balayage is suitable for everyone as it works for both light and dark hair as well as all lengths.
If you’re interested in a low maintenance, natural-looking hair colour, balayage is definitely a great option. For a little inspiration, check out some of my favourite balayage looks below.
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