What is Balayage and How do I get it?
When you first see balayage styles you might very well think you’ve seen this before. The truth is that balayage is a natural highlight inspired style which has recently been perfected and developed on the West Coast of America.
This style has been repopularised by celebrities so there is a good chance that you have seen it in magazines and on TV already, and it is now sweeping its way to Manchester, Leeds, Hull and the North of England. As is the case with any new or revamped hot hair trend, the application of balayage has become something of a fine art form and at the minute in the UK it is mostly only known at top mobile extensions services like Richard Harrison Hair.
So here are our in-depth FAQs on balayage to help you decide if this is the new hairstyle for you.
What is balayage?
Balayage comes from the French, and literally means to sweep with paint. Balayage is a method of hair dying that yields naturally highlighted locks that are often destroyed by initially dying hair. The overall effect is softer, more natural and with less distinct re-growth.
How is balayage different from regular highlights?
The primary difference is in the application technique. Balayage is applied to the surface of the hair with situation towards the ends. This technique avoids streaky looking hair and stripy highlights for an overall soft and natural look.
What range of colours can you have with balayage?
The general effect of balayage is a natural hair colour, but it doesn’t have to be! Balayage comes is a wide range of colours and can be matched to any skin tone and hair colour.
The more current effects of balayage are very subtle colour changes from darker shades at the root to slightly lighter colour towards the ends, unlike the original dip-dye black to blonde which was much harsher and looks very unnatural with hair extensions.
An experienced professional will also be able to advise you on the best way to suit your colouring with balayage.
Is it high maintenance?
Balayage is a very low maintenance style – it is designed to mimic natural hair growth so shows much less obvious re-growth than other dye styles. This means it also a much more economical style as you can wait for a little longer between top-up appointments.
Does it work on all hair types?
Balayage works on all types of hair including; long, mid-length, light, dark, thin and thick! The only type of hair balayage does not work so well on is short hair cuts, as there needs to be enough hair through the top to sit over the extensions as a long layer.
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