You may be hearing alot lately about balayage. It’s the on trend and modern technique that celebrities, supermodels and fashionistas alike have been sporting. A close cousin to the still popular ombré, the balayage method gives a soft, sunkissed effect.
While ombré is often a dramatic effect, with a deeper base color, fading into a much lighter color at the ends, balayage is more natural and organic. Like you spent the summer on the beach. Alot of times, my clients will ask for an ombré when in fact, they are really seeking the results of balayage. I love that balayage allows a client more freedom to schedule their color appointments further apart. Unlike traditional foil highlights, which are mostly applied in a linear and grid pattern and are packed in for maximum effect, balayage focuses on quality instead of quantity and regrowth is graceful and soft.
So what is it actually? I use a technique that is sometimes called “American Balayage”, as coined by the inspirational Beth Minardi. Balayage, in it’s most condensed form, involves “sweeping” color or lightener on strands of hair. I use foils to isolate my chosen sections and paint the desired shade, sometimes focusing on just the ends or maybe letting sweeps of color travel closer to the interior. While it may look random, I’m actually meticulously choosing where to place the color and how to achieve the impact my client desires. And regardless of length or color, a form of balayage can be used on anyone!
I’m sure you will recognize these famous faces. They are fantastic examples of what balayage is.