Balayage (French for “sweeping”) is the hair coloring technique that is sweeping the nation and popping up in salons all over the country. You’ll find the look on celebrities from Lauren Conrad to Julia Roberts, and we’re here to tell you how to get this incredibly natural look for yourself!
What Balayage Is
Balayage is a coloring technique developed in France that is designed to create natural looking highlights. Instead of using foil to dye hair, the color is applied by hand to create natural movement throughout the hair.
Balayage vs. Ombre
While they may look kind of similar, balayage and ombre are completely different styles. Balayage attempts to keep the natural progression of lightening look more sunkissed, rather than the striking two-toned look of ombre–the prominent line where ombre begins, is eliminated with balayage for a subtle, more natural look.
Hair Type Needed For Balayage
The great thing about this technique is that it works well in all types of hair: balayage is such a natural look that it looks great in any hair color of any length! For the best results, salons usually suggest the balayage method for people who have longer hair so that the effects can really be seen and appreciated.
Balayage Hair Maintenance
Unlike traditional hair dye methods, balayage hair coloring is very low maintenance. The sweeping method throughout your hair eliminates any defined line of color, so you never have to worry about your roots showing through because your roots are part of the look. If you don’t have time to go to the salon for a touch up or if you can’t afford that many coloring visits in a year, it won’t damage your look.