Reasons for Considering Balayage
Balayage is a French word that means "to sweep," as in sweeping a lighter through the hair to create highlights. Balayage is a technique in which highlights are applied freely to the hair, resulting in a soft, natural gradation of luminosity at the ends. The end result is a perfect highlight for a summer day at the beach or a child's fresh, untouched look. This natural highlighting technique can be used on almost any hair color to add a soft, understated dimension. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about balayage.
What are the reasons for considering balayage?
1. Energizing the seasons.
Balayage may be the answer if you want to change up your hairstyle for the spring and summer months. Spring is the ideal season for adding natural shine and lighter tones to your hair. Not only will you look like you spent the first few months of the year on a tropical island, but balayage grows well and allows you to change your hair again if desired. Having said that, balayage isn't just for spring and summer hair. Balayage hair can seamlessly transition into fall and winter when applied in a darker, warmer blonde or chocolate color.
2. Allow your old highlights to fade.
Do you have any old gold foil picks that are sprouting? Balayage is an excellent method for blending old highlights and allowing them to grow out without having to constantly re-dye and highlight your hair.
3. Include a color dimension.
Balayage gives your hair a beautiful dimension of color in the most natural way possible. If you're unsure about coloring your hair or making drastic changes, balayage is a great way to meet in the middle. You know how the sun catches light and dark shades in your hair that you had no idea you had? Balancing accomplishes the same thing, but it is permanent.
4. It requires little upkeep.
People typically avoid coloring their hair due to the subsequent maintenance required to keep their hair strong and healthy, as well as to keep the color fresh. As previously stated, because balayage is applied freely to the hair, the dye grows out seamlessly with no harsh regrowth lines. This means fewer salon visits and no need to constantly re-dye your hair. You'll be fine if you invest in some high-quality color-care hair products.
5. It is suitable for all hair types.
We like balayage because it looks good on all hair types. Whether your hair is dark or light, wavy, straight, curly, short or long, balayage is likely to work for you as long as you have the right colorist for the color. A good hair colorist will know exactly what shade is best for your hair color and face shape to create a custom dye job for you.
6. It's gentle on the hair.
You can avoid the harshness of fully bleached hair by strategically placing balayage picks throughout the hair. Highlighting your hairline and around your face instantly brightens your appearance, resulting in a noticeable transformation with minimal hair damage.
7. It has the ability to make fine hair appear thicker and fuller.
Balayage can give the appearance of thickness and fullness to thin or fine hair by strategically placing highlights of various colors. Furthermore, because hair color swells the hair shaft, it physically thickens the hair strands, resulting in fuller hair overall.
What to do before visiting a hair salon?
1. On Instagram, send a direct message to your hairstylist.
Most hair stylists and colorists now have an unofficial portfolio on Instagram, so you can make sure you're not second-guessing your stylist's abilities before booking. If every client's balayage app appears to be the same, this may not be the salon or stylist for you. Balayage should be tailored to each person's hair type, color, and style. This is why a preliminary consultation with your hairstylist is critical.
2. Collect images or videos of inspiration.
Have you ever wondered why hairdressers have so many magazines lying around? They're not just there to keep you entertained with Cosmo quizzes while you wait for your appointment, but also you can show your stylist what you want. A picture is worth a thousand words, so if you can show your stylist a picture of the style and color you want, they will be more likely to accommodate you.
3. Schedule a consultation.
Consulting your hair stylist before committing to color is critical because it allows them to advise you on which color to use as well as give you a feel for them. Most hairstylists provide free consultations, so don't be afraid to request one. Direct questions include: what type of application is unique to your hair type; when they will begin coloring or bleaching your hair; and what colors they believe will be good for you.
4. Put your clothes on.
Dress and apply makeup as you normally would for a wedding hair trial. This ensures that your stylist has a thorough understanding of your personal style and selects a color and style that complements your current makeup.
5. Ensure that your highlights are evenly spaced.
This will ensure that regrowth is as smooth and easy as possible. Highlighting too close together may cause contrast loss and necessitate frequent visits to the hairdresser.
6. A perfect balance of cool and warm highlights is required.
Beautiful hair appears to be the enemy of the hair world, but if your highlights are too cool-toned, they may appear gray. Instead, consult with your hairstylist to find the ideal balance of warm and cool tones that complement your natural hair color and skin tone.
7. Choose a color that is two to four shades lighter than your natural hair color.
Any lighter color may lose the desired all-natural, sun-kissed look.
8. If your hair is curly or thick, use a thicker pick dye.
Baby lights or very subtle balayage may be lost if you have curly or thick hair. Make sure your stylist works with your natural hair texture and, if necessary, uses a heavier balayage.
9. Consider the highlights and lowlights.
Remember that balayage is all about adding depth and dimension to your hair. This is possible not only through hand-painted highlights but also through strategically placed lowlights.
10. Inquire about bonding enhancers.
Have you ever wondered how celebrities maintain the health and strength of their hair while constantly coloring it? Because chemical hair coloring alters the structure of the hair, a bond enhancer like Olaplex protects the hair strands from further damage during the coloring process.
How to get a balayage look without coloring?
If you're hesitant to color your hair, you can achieve the look with some strategically placed clip-in hair extensions. Remember how we said you could transition your hair from short to long beachy textured waves? All balayage clip-in hair extensions have a silicone base and are available in a seamless series. This ensures that the extensions are completely flat on the head and that there is no excess volume at the roots. Balayage clip-in hair extensions are not only a great way to experiment with balayage before committing to coloring your hair, but they can also be left in for a special occasion to instantly change your look.
How to get balayage hair at home?
Can't make it to the salon or are you afraid of dying your hair? Hair extensions are an excellent way to achieve balayage hair without having to visit a salon. Matching your natural hair color to the basic shade of balayage extensions is the best way to instantly add color and dimension to your natural hair.
We've spent a lot of time talking about balayage, but if you're looking for something different, there are a few options.
Sombre-the colors that are darker
Sombre achieves a softer blend with less contrast between light and dark-a "soft blend" in essence. Sombre begins at the crown, closer to the roots, with some highlights almost to the roots and a softer color gradation for a more natural transition. Rather than just applying highlights, your colorist can also add darker tones that are similar to your natural hair color to add depth and a more natural look.
Consider Balayage highlights to be a simplified version of Balayage. Highlights are very subtle picks placed around the face, similar to how the color is usually seen in children's hair. Baby highlights are the most subtle type of highlight, used to add dimension only to small, strategic sections. These picks grow out naturally and easily, just like balayage, but with less effort.
How do you wash Balayage hair?
When you wash your hair, you remove its natural oils and dull the balayage color. Reduce your washing to 2-3 times per week, and use a dry shampoo in between washes if necessary. This will help your color last longer.
What should you not do after Balayage?
For at least three days, refrain from washing your hair. Wait at least three days after getting your balayage before washing your hair. This is done to allow the cuticles to close and the color to set. You should also avoid getting your hair wet on these days, so avoid strenuous exercise.
How often do you touch up Balayage?
Balayage hair grows quickly, at about an inch per month. So techniques like balayage, which involve hand painting the hair and not going all the way to the roots, can help you achieve a beautiful look while requiring less maintenance. In general, we recommend balayage touch-ups every 12-14 weeks.