There’s a reason “new hair, new me” is such a popular caption on social media: beautiful, trendy hairstyles and colors make you feel more confident. In recent years, balayage remains one of the most popular confidence boosters.
Balayage has been around for a while, and its popularity has been increasing consistently. In fact from 2020, Google and L’Oréal Professionnel have reported a 170% increase in online searches for the technique.
From musicians to models, everyone seems to have fallen in love with balayage. Read on to learn more about this unique trend that continues to take the beauty industry by storm.
Originally invented in the 1970s, balayage means “to sweep” or “to paint.” It is a soft coloring technique that makes your hair look extremely natural.
“Clients love it because it gives a natural sun-kissed look, and maintenance is easier than traditional highlights,” says Joel Warren, founder of The Salon Project.
Since the 70s, this hairstyle has grown and changed with the times. It has evolved into numerous distinct versions of the original style. Though these versions may differ depending on where you live, they all share the same uniqueness and natural sheen.
Want to try out some of these looks for yourself? Here are a few styles you should look into.
Experts originally coined the term “ribbon blonde” at Los Pastel’s dreamy salon in Australia. Since then, this type has spread worldwide and become more popular during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ribbon blonde involves infusing tonal ribbons of blonde against a darker base color.
In 3D balayage, stylists apply multi-tonal dimensions to make your hair look more voluminous. Rather than using one single lighter color, we apply two more lightweights along with slightly darker shades to achieve this look.
Smoky gold balayage is the perfect hairstyle for winter, which can be especially tough on hair. It starts as a dark blonde, but then picks up ash and espresso tones, making your hair feel soft and glossy.
One of the main questions clients pose is which lightening service would be best for them. Along with balayage, highlights remain a popular option. Though these services may appear similar at first, they offer different benefits.
Unlike traditional highlights, balayage is a freehand technique. Balayage also promises you more natural, blended hair tones, while highlights are more uniform. This is because highlights only require color application on the brighter areas of your hair.
Those who opt for a balayage style also experience less regrowth than those who choose to get highlights.
On the other hand, the ombre hair color transitions from dark to lighter shades. Specifically, the body of your hair grows progressively lighter from your darker roots to the lighter tips.
Although most people do not know how to differentiate between ombre and balayage, balayage is only applied to certain strands of hair, while ombre is applied to all of your hair. However, you can also opt for both styles together.
Not only does it look beautiful, balayage will also relieve the stress of maintenance. This means you will not need to go to the salon very often.
However, you will need the help of a skilled stylist who has the experience and creativity required to perform the application correctly. It is also vital to not bleach your hair.
The technique has many benefits compared to others. It is an entirely customizable color service that gives you a fresh look. In summary, here are a few of the benefits you should know:
This style is simple enough to apply at home or at a salon. There are also many ways to do it. However you will still need some tips from your stylists and colorists to make it look soft and seamless.
Here are three easy steps to get you started:
To pick an appropriate color, we always start with a consultation appointment. The first question we ask is always whether you have any inspirational pictures that showcase what you want. This helps us determine whether the style is realistic.
The second question we ask is how many shades of blonde you want on the ends. This will determine whether you will need a full saturation. Then, we consider your natural hair color before we choose the shades we will apply.
If you have dark, cool brown hair, we recommend you choose a light blonde color. If it is a warm brown, choose a caramel shade instead.
For blondes, a flaxen or beige balayage is the way to go.
Stylists usually use simply blonde clay lightener because it has all the characteristics needed to create these natural shades.
The clay lightener maintains moisture on the inside, and it delivers up to 7 levels of lift in a single application. Concentrate on lightening the face-framing pieces first, then the ends, and then finally the surface.
Here are a few steps to help you along the way:
When we say balayage needs minimal maintenance, we don’t mean to suggest that it requires no maintenance at all. Consider these few tips to better maintain your beautiful balayage.
Once you’ve completed this lightening process, you may be wondering whether everything looks the way it should.
To determine if you or your stylist has done a good job, your main focus should be the surface of your hair. The dyed pieces should be fairly close together.
Then, look at the roots, which should be soft. Finally, look at the ends. They should have darker and thicker slices of color. If you lack any of these key elements, your balayage was applied incorrectly.
Depending on the viscosity you prefer, you can mix a blonde clay lightener with a ratio of 1:2 or 1:3. The process takes 45 minutes. Also, use simply a 20V or 30V developer.
After choosing your lightener, we advise that you section your hair carefully. Customize the sections according to the client’s natural parts.
You can dry brush the backside and diagonal subsections using high tensions. However, in the front, focus on the hair pattern. After you’ve finished sectioning, apply the lightener.
As you continue the application process, avoid using too much product. Failure to do so may cause some bleeding. Add the product bit by bit and apply pressure while pulling the hair away from the face.
Yes, you can. However, create a solid plan before you start. Only combine two techniques if you are positive that the result can actually achieve the effect you want.
First, compare your current brassy shade to the shade that you wanted to achieve. Then, use a toner to neutralize the brass until it reaches the color you want.
We can apply balayage to any hair type, color, and length. The application process is always gentle and natural.
The price differs from salon to salon, but it often depends on the type of balayage you apply. In many cases, it can cost you up to $200-$300.
This technique usually takes 45 minutes or less. However, a layered balayage takes three or more hours.
If you are looking for a natural, beautiful balayage hairstyle, Cutters Hairdressing is happy to help you get the hair of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more.