To balayage or not to balayage

Posted by Color Nation on 9/21/2016
To balayage or not to balayage
Soft Ombre' by Cassie



You've heard it everywhere lately; balayage has taken the hair world by storm! But why, you ask? What makes it so much better than, say, foil highlights? We did our homework and the results are below.

1. Balayage means "to sweep" or "to paint" in French and is a French technique sought after by many celebrities. Pronounced 'bah-lay-ahj or 'bah-lee-ahj, it's a French technique and the word itself means "to sweep" or "to paint" and in this case, it is translated as "hair-painting." When a stylist is painting your hair in this style, they are implementing darker tones at the roots, and melting lighter tones into the ends.


2. Balayage is a natural look created by complementing the tones already present in the hair. To create a balayage look, stylists use the darker tones already present in your hair to determine the appropriate lighter tones to paint in and create a natural, sun-kissed style. They may also recommend darkening your roots to really bring out the golden tones at your ends.


3. In the past, foil highlights were all the rage. Nowadays, while the style is still present in salons, it is being phased out in favor of the subtlety of a balayage, which has absolutely no lighter color applied near the base of the head and brings the dimensions from the base to the ends.



Balayage by Cassie



4. It's not an ombre.
Unlike an ombre, which is a transition from a dark to a light tone using non-traditional color, balayage creates a sun-kissed, natural look that will have your friends and family thinking you spent the summer on a beach!

5. Balayage lasts longer than foil highlights. Although the investment is a little steeper than foils, balayage lasts twice as long. The organized dimensional look of traditional highlights lasts anywhere from 6-8 weeks, while a balayage will not need maintenance for at least 10-12 weeks.

All images used in this article were created by our stylists. Come on in to Color Nation or Play and let us paint your hair!

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