Balayage | Everything You Need to Know


Balayage | Everything You Need to Know

Colour choices at the salon are now much more complex than roots, a full head of highlights, semi-permanent or permanent.  There’s dip-dye, ombre, balayage, face framing, toners, olaplex and so much more. We want to educate our clients into knowing exactly what they’re asking for when choosing a particular hair colour, starting with our balayage technique.

What is it, how long does it take, how long does it last and why it isn’t a cheap option.  

What is Balayage?

The word ‘balayage’ is French and means to sweep or paint.  It involves a free-hand painting technique to brush the colour directly onto your hair.  It creates a natural effect and transitions between colours that is both natural looking and low maintenance (as the colour doesn’t start from the roots).  It gives the hair a sun kissed appearance like you’ve been in the Caribbean for two weeks (we wish!).  

The balayage pieces should be very close and fine at the root, leading to a thicker highlight at the ends of the hair.  The colour is just applied on the surface section of the hair, and not saturated all the way through to avoid a streak of colour that looks too harsh – That would be more of an ombre.

How Long Does Balayage Take to Do

Depending on the stylist, it usually takes an hour to apply.  It would only take longer if you want to make the transition from full head highlights to balayage, as you’d need to have a root stretch tint first to avoid there being a harsh line.  Otherwise it’s quick, easy and low maintenance.  

How Long Does a Balayage Last?

Good news if you struggle to make time for your hair appointments or want something more cost effective….you only need to refresh your balayage every 12-14 weeks as opposed to every 6 weeks with highlights.  The only exception is if you are covering grey, in which case you would need to do a root tint first.  If you want to keep those greys covered, you’ll just need a root tint growth touch up every 4-6 weeks and a balayage appointment every 12-14 weeks.  

How Do I Look After My Balayage 

Like most services, you’ll get the most out of it if you continue good hair care practices at home.  Start with Kevin Murphy Angel Wash to rescue dulled colour and restore before treating your hair.  Kevin Murphy Crystal Angel  is an illuminating treatment that adds a protective top coat and a glossy shine.  It moisturises, enhances and refreshes coloured hair, keeping it shiny and healthy looking.   Try Autumn Angel for a rosy, apricot glow or Cool Angel for ashy tones.  

Why Is Balayage Expensive?

The location of the salon and experience of your stylist will all factor into the price of your balayage.  The main reason balayage costs what it costs is because it’s basically an art.  It isn’t just about dyeing the hair and lightening it.  It’s about personalising the colour to your hair.   Your stylist will need to learn all the hints and tricks from the products used to the application, saturation and processing.  It’s a service which requires a lot of training and also the use of high quality products to achieve the best possible finished result.  If you’ve found a salon that is offering a price that’s too good to be true, there’s probably a reason.  

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