Balayage has become one of the most sought-after hairstyles in salons around the world. While balayage has gained popularity in recent years, the coloring method has been around for quite some time and has only just made its way into modern hair salons. Hairstylists have perfected the art of balayage over the years, with some even going on to build a name for themselves based on their balayage technique and experience.
I’m quite sure that you have been wondering several times or searching on the Internet about what is balayage hair? Can balayage be done at home? How do you choose the right hairstylist for balayage? We’ve got you covered with all these questions and more. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the balayage, why it’s so popular, and How to archive it without dying?.
WHAT IS BALAYAGE HAIR?
The name is derived from the French word “balayer,” which means “to sweep” or “to paint.” It is a phrase that relates to how the color is applied rather than the color itself. It is a hair-dying process in which the dye is hand-painted onto the hair to achieve a smooth, gradual transition with no visible or harsh lines, resulting in a graduated, more natural-looking highlight appearance. Balayage uses a variety of bright and dark tones to produce many color dimensions, leaving the hair with a blended, natural, sunkissed radiance.
The most enticing aspect about balayage is that the color may be totally adjusted to your hair color and texture. You may accentuate or even subtract from specific parts of your face by strategically freehand painting your hair, and you can be confident that no one else has the exact same hair color as you.
HOW IS BALAYAGE DIFFERENT FROM HIGHLIGHT OR OMBRE?
Although “balayage” has emerged as a phenomenon, many people have mistaken it for other types of hair that have similar features, such as Highlight Color Hair, Babylights Hair, or Ombre Hair. The terms “balayage,” “ombre,” and “highlights” all refer to different styles and processes that all aim to achieve the same result: lightening the hair. Let us decode for you:
Balayage vs Highlight
- Balayage: Balayage provides lightness with a softer, more blended look. It is achieved by the hair colorist painting the dye directly onto the hair strands, resulting in a natural mix. The procedure resembles what would happen to your hair if it were to naturally lighten with the sun, and there is no line of demarcation… striping or sharp color lines. On the other hand, a more drastic color transition can be achieved by bleaching the bottom half of your hair and dyeing a lighter shade on top using foils, a more traditional dyeing method, to achieve that soft blend between the two colors.
- Traditional Highlights: are made by sectioning hair and covering it in foil from root to tip. The foil highlights are put close to the scalp to prevent the lightener from affecting the surrounding hair. As a result, bright, conspicuous lines of color will be weaved throughout the hair. Wrapping hair in foil allows the color to develop faster (i.e. lighten more) than hand-painting, which is why many stylists still use some strategically placed foils, even while balayaging.
Balayage vs Ombré
- Ombre’: Ombré is a French word that means “shadow” and refers to the process of dying hair in a gradation from dark to light. The ultimate result is typically darker hair from the roots to the mid-shaft and a transition to a lighter color from the mid-shaft to the ends. This technique is intended to give the appearance that the hair has been dip-dyed, and there is nothing improper with claiming that balayage is a method used to create an ombre. As previously said, balayage means “paint” or “sweep”—it is a dyeing technique that produces natural-looking highlights. Color is brushed through small, triangular sections of hair onto a board or foil for balayage, resulting in a flawless combination of highlights and your natural hair color. There is no apparent fade line between the darker and lighter colors in balayage. In addition, darker parts are left at the bottom to add depth and texture to the hair. Because of this natural progression, Balayage hair requires less upkeep.
WHY IS BALAYAGE SO POPULAR?
- Less maintenance than most hair colors: It’s easier to maintain because the technique is designed to create the appearance of grown-out roots in a flattering and natural way rather than stark and skunky. This means less time and money spent at the salon, and as a result, less damage to the hair.
- Customize: Every balayage is unique: placement, gradation, and color are determined by the color, texture, and length of your hair, thus it “can be customized for each client to highlight or soften facial features.” To determine which ones will work best, a professional stylist will always examine the [client’s] skin tone and the natural base color. There should be no two balayage that are the same.
- Trendy: Balayage hair is everywhere, from lovely females walking down the street to superstars or supermodels flaunting their sunkissed, softly melting hair color in the media. Celebrities ranging from the Kardashians to Chrissy Teigen have brought the hair color trend to the forefront as well as to the limelight, so it’s no surprise that it’s becoming popular with the general public. On Instagram, a search for the hashtag “balayage” yields almost 20 million results.
HOW TO ACHIEVE BALAYAGE WITHOUT DYING?
Yes, it’s conceivable!
If you’re hesitant to take the plunge to dye your hair, you may achieve this appearance with carefully placed Clip-in or U-Tip hair extensions. Remember when we mentioned earlier that you can transform your hair from short to those long beachy, textured waves?
AZ Hair has a complete line of balayage hair extensions, allowing you to get gorgeous, natural-looking balayage hair in minutes.
- 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 option to obtain balayage hairstyles at home without having to visit a professional. To achieve the effect, match your existing hair color to the base shade of the balayage hair extensions to instantly add color and dimension to your natural hair.