Balayage – what it is and what to expect

If you are thinking of dyeing yourself using the balayage technique, here you will find everything you need to know about this technique and what are its benefits.

Many of Lucicosm Beauty Studio’s clients want to dye themselves using balayage, but the technique is not suitable for everyone. In addition, depending on the color of the hair, you can achieve the same results using only classic dyeing.

However, balayage exploded overnight. Out of the blue, our Instagram feeds were suddenly flooded with images of beautifully integrated dark and light blonde locks tagged with #balayage.

The trend has been sparked for good reason⁠—balayage is a low-maintenance, base-color style that blends natural roots with dyed ones.

What is balayage?
Contrary to popular belief, balayage is a color application technique rather than a specific color itself.

The word translates to “broom” or “paint” in French. Bright around the face, blended at the roots, lighter ends and effortlessly natural – these are all descriptors of balayage hair.

The balayage technique is used to achieve a very naturally blended, bright look, and while we usually associate balayage with blonde, the same technique can be used to create caramel, espresso or even pastel highlights.

Unlike traditional colors, which use foils, balayage involves painting the hair with a brush dipped in bleach. Using a sweeping motion, it creates a soft, multi-dimensional and natural-looking look.

Hairstylists use their brushes to paint sections of vertical highlights onto the hair, with cotton strips or saran wrap layered between each section, which protects the application by avoiding any color spots.

Balayage vs. Ombré vs. Foil Highlights
Despite the fact that balayage came on the scene in the 70s, it didn’t rise in popularity until sometime around 2010.

Before balayage, I still had a traditional, classic foil look with blonde highlights and not harmoniously integrated.

Should You Go For Balayage Or Foil Highlights?
Balayage offers a multi-dimensional highlight that can look more natural because it creates different levels of lightness.

But the highlighting options don’t stop there. Like balayage and traditional highlights, ombré, (a French term meaning shaded or graduated in tone) is a common request for light hair.

However, while balayage is used to achieve an even color from roots to ends, ombré appears to be the color of perfectly grown hair. Its color gradient usually goes from darker roots to lighter ends, with little or no color applied near the roots.

The benefits of the technique
Looks more natural than traditional balayage: balayage means painting selected strands and blending them with your natural color. As such, balayage looks much more uniform than traditional dyeing, which tends to have more obvious lines of demarcation.

Low maintenance: Because the hair is dyed to achieve that natural look, you don’t have harsh, visible lines of obvious growth. Basically, you don’t have to dye as often.

Color is less likely to look unnatural: With balayage, hairstylists use a barrier between their sections to prevent layers of bleach from touching.

Less damage: Since balayage does not involve completely bleaching the entire hair, less bleach is used and thus you get a bright look with much less damage to the hair.

If you want a flawless look for the holidays, come to Lucicosm Beauty Studio. Our balayage specialist hairstylists will give you an incredible result. Send us a message on our Facebook page or make an appointment at one of the phone numbers on the website.

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