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Balayage 101
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Are you ready to switch up your hair style but aren’t ready to commit to the salon chair every 4-6 weeks? Balayage has been around for a long time but has became increasingly popular over the last couple of years. The technique offers natural color with low maintenance and gorgeous results. But, what exactly is it?

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word, meaning “to paint.” This technique requires applying the color in a sweeping motion to the hair, offering natural, sun-kissed color with soft regrowth lines. This highlighting technique grows out naturally and requires limited maintenance.\

Will Balayage Work on My Hair?

The wonderful thing about balayage is that it works on all hair colors and hair types. Whether you have brown hair, grey hair, purple hair, or blonde hair, your stylist will be able to use the balayage technique to highlight your hair. This is the same for hair types as well – short, long, straight, curly, thin, or coarse!

What is the application process?

Unlike traditional highlighting techniques using foil and heat, your stylist will apply the color to your hair free handed in a sweeping motion, one section at a time. Depending on your stylist, they might tease your hair first and apply the color to the ends. To create a soft, gradual look, the color isn’t saturated all the way through until it reaches the end of the hair.

 What is the maintenance for Balayage?

Balayage requires very little maintenance, making it a great highlighting style for those who do not wish to be at the salon every 4-6 weeks bringing their color back to life. Since the balayage never touches your roots, it grows at naturally, extending its lifespan and the time in between appointments.

How is Balayage Different from Ombre?

Ombre gradually transitions from dark to light, creating a color block look that can be subtle or striking whereas balayage gives the natural, sun-kissed look that children’s hair gets when they spend time outside during the warm months. Deciding which style suits you best depends on how subtle you want your color to be, how often you are willing to go into the salon to maintain your color, and how you typically style your hair to ensure the color will look good in this style.

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