What is balayage?
Balayage is a French word meaning sweep or paint, it has been around since the 70’s but has taken off over the last couple of years with the advance of both product and technique. It is done entirely freehand painting gently from the roots and bolder at the ends resulting in a softer look than more traditional woven highlights.
Why is balayage so popular?
Clients are seeing the gorgeous balayage finish on the catwalks and red carpets and it also requires little maintenance. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get obvious re-growth and you have gorgeous looking hair for longer between appointments. And because you aren’t completely covering all of the hair in bleach or colour, there is less damage and dryness on your hair, meaning softer, healthier hair.
So what is ombré, sombre & layage?
Ombré is another French word meaning shadow and is a look rather than a technique like balayage. Being darker at the roots gradually getting lighter at the ends. Sombre is more subtle sun kissed look and layage is a technique where the hair is spread into small pieces flat and typically has multiple tones applied.
Like balayage, these looks can be as subtle or vibrant as you want, with toners now going from ash greys to violets and lavender to strawberry or more natural caramels and chocolate tones.
Lastly it’s worth noting that these are skilled techniques that require specialist training and I don’t advise you try these yourself at home. They should only be done by a fully trained professional who has experience in using these techniques.
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