If think you want highlights in your hair, balayage is something you need to know about! One of the most requested coloring techniques around, it creates a modern, sunkissed look by adding depth and dimension to the base color. So, how does it work?
1/ What is it
Invented in France in the 1970s, balayage is a freehand highlighting technique where individual pieces of hair are painted by hand (unlike foils or cap highlights) with the desired color.
2/ Why we love it
The appeal of balayage lies in its versatility and low, low maintenance. Balayage works on just about every hair length, but is often championed by women with longer locks. More importantly, however, it doesn't require the same strict regimen of root touch-ups like more traditional highlights tend to.
The color is usually applied a few inches down from the root which allows plenty of room for a little regrowth, kind of like ombé hair. This means your hair won't end up looking like a total mess if you can't make it to the salon as often as you'd like!
3/ How to maintain it
Due to the flexibility of balayage, you can space out appointments with your colorist, leaving up to a couple of months inbetween. That said, balayage does tend to dry the ends out and make them more prone to damage, so keeping up with regular trims is essential to maintining healthy hair. You should also be using color protecting shampoos and conditioners, as well as indulging your tresses in deep conditioning masks on the regular, to keep your mane strong between salon visits.
4/ Should you try it?
If you want multidimensional, sunkissed strands that won't fade away after Labor Day, you should definitely consider balayage. It's also a great way to try a lighter shade on your hair without sacrificing every last tendril!
What do you think? Is balayage for you?