What exactly is a balayage?
I get a lot of clients asking to book a balayage service, but many of them don’t know what a balayage actually is. Balayage can be done in many different ways, and every hairstylist likely has their own approach to this technique. A good hairstylist will taylor their technique to the uniqueness of the individual.
So, what is a Balayage? The technical definition is, “a technique for highlighting the hair in which the color is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect”. Clients who request a balayage often want a natural looking hair color for their end result. Balayage is a great way to add natural looking brightness to your hair.
Is a balayage always blonde?
Balayage does not always mean blonde, although many of the photos you’ll see on instagram feature very blonde individuals. Balayage is simply a way to highlight your hair, and it can produce hair tones ranging from dark brown to light blonde, red or even purple. Balayge can even be combined with other color techniques, such as babylights, highlights, or melted roots, to create dimension, brightness, softness or something more bold.
Mary Ruth at MiNT Nail & Hair in Downtown Bend, Oregon