Everything You Need to Know About Balayage

It has been some time since balayage took the hair industry by storm, but there is a reason it has grounded itself as a pinnacle part of every professional colorists’ fundamentals. Balayage was developed by French colorists in the 70’s and was named such as it means “sweep” in French. That is because it is a free-hand highlighting technique that can be seen anywhere from the streets of your hometown to the exuberant red carpet. This timeless method negates any stripes and promotes a sun-kissed, naturally-blended look.


One great aspect about this technique is its versatility. Anyone, from a short pixie cut to waist-long curls, can enjoy the benefits that balayage brings to your hair. In addition, because of its relatively low-maintenance, this is a great service for first timers! One element to consider is since balayage is still a highlighting technique, the service still requires use of bleach. Thus, if you want to go from darker to lighter tones, you may want to consult your colorist first to ensure you get what you desire.


As mentioned before, balayage is a free-hand highlighting technique that means “sweep” in French. Since colorists utilize a brush, an no foils, they are able to apply the solution in specific areas. This allows them to brighten your features and add dimension to your layers. Because each balayage service is so personalized and customized, we encourage to book consultations before your service so you and your colorist know exactly what to expect.


Luckily, balayage is generally low maintenance, though there are still a few key things to stay away from - sulfates and heat. We recommend using Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. The whole Oribe line is sulfate-free and these products in particular promote an extended color life by targeting damaged areas for an intense hydrating treatment. You can also use their Masque for Beautiful color. Just switch it out for your conditioner once or twice and week and leave it on for about 5 minutes. Lastly, stay away from those heat tools! Balayage is meant to accent your natural beauty so try out Bumble & Bumble’s Don’t Blow It series for fine or thick hair. These will allow for a great hair day even without the blow dryer.


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