Balayage: French masculine noun – Translation, sweeping.
In the hair styling world, balayage is a technique used to apply color to hair in a sweeping motion (yes), but more accurately its a technique in which the stylist essentially hand paints color onto sections of hair that are more randomly placed than traditional highlights using precise foiling.
Balayage is fantastic for adding depth and dimension to hair, giving your color the most natural-looking, sun-kissed finish. It’s also a lower maintenance alternative to traditional highlights, because the stylist applies the color from the ends of the hair upward, leaving the root free. Balayage is also the go-to technique used to apply chunkier, more edgy color. Balayage = best for enhancing natural hair color, or giving your tresses some up-dated edge.
Highlights are where-its-at for the subtle “sun-in” look, because the technique of foiling is done by applying color in very fine woven sections. Best for the all-over blonde look. Foiled highlights leave no root behind, and because there are so many different shades of blonde your colorist can give you a slight shift or a complete make over. Highlights = best for creating the perfectly coiffed, classic mane.
Be Fabulous ~ Carrie
Balayage photo courtesy: Aulani Photography