What is Balayage?

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Balayage is a word that gets thrown around all too often, usually to describe a whole load of different techniques including foilage, babylights, and ombre so it can be super confusing! You would need to be a professional colourist to know what is what.


So what is balayage? Balayage is a French word that means to sweep. It literally means to sweep colour onto the hair.

Balayage is a freehand technique that blends ribbons of colour into your natural hair to give you a low maintenance colour


usually only a few shades lighter than your natural hair colour to add depth and dimension. All of the pictures you see online of white blonde hair and extra dark roots are more than likely created using a whole load of baby light and shadow root sessions, whereas balayage gives you a subtle shift in colour like it’s been kissed by the sun.



The great thing about balayage, is that because it’s such a natural look it lasts a lot longer than your traditional highlights, so no need for a refresh for about 3 months depending on hair growth. Just top up with a toner and cut in between and off you go!

However, as natural and subtle a traditional balayage is, it is also very time consuming with intricate blending for your colourist so it is on the pricier end of colour services but totally worth it for the amazing finished look… Hello luscious locks!!!


If you’re new to colour or are interested in trying out balayage for the first time, book a free consultation with your colourist and they can advise on how to reach your hair colour goals 😊 see you soon!!!!!


Great hair pending.....

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