What is Balayage?
Balayage (pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE) is a form of highlights for your hair. The french word translates to ‘sweeping’, which means sweeping/painting in hair lightener in a skillful way to create a very natural and fading style. The roots of your hair are typically natural or darker, while the tips of your hair are lighter, sometimes full blonde. The transition from roots to tips is very natural, best described as ‘sun-kissed’. When applying Balayage to your hair, our stylists individually select which pieces to highlight so the result is completely customized for you.
How long does Balayage take?
A partial Balayage takes 45-90 minutes on average to complete. A full Balayage takes 1.5 – 3 hours on average to finish. Since the technique is applied by hand and no two Balayages are the same, the amount of time can vary greatly. Longer and thicker hair will take longer.
How long does Balayage last in your hair?
One of the greatest advantages of Balayage is how long it lasts. Traditional foil highlights require touch ups every few weeks, whereas Balayage will last 3-4 months on average.
What’s the difference between Balayage and highlights?
Traditional highlights are done using foils, which create sharp changes in hair color. This also means that as your hair grows out, highlights need to be touched up to keep their appearance. Balayage is done without foil using a free-hand painting technique, which creates a very natural and soft transition between your hair color and the highlights. Balayage highlights last longer and grow out more naturally.
What’s the difference between Balayage and Ombre?
Balayage is a completely free-hand technique of highlighting individual strands in your hair. It’s common to have some darker strands right down to the tips of your hair. Ombre is more of a two-tone style with a clearer transition. It involves bleaching the entire bottom of your hair, and then gradually fading a lightener upward to blend the two sections together.
What’s the difference between full and partial Balayage?
A full Balayage means using the natural lightening technique on all of your hair. A partial Balayage applies to just the top / outer layer of your hair, so the underneath layers remain a solid color.
Does Balayage work with any hair color?
Hair stylists can apply Balayage to any hair color except pure blonde, because the technique by definition involves lightening the hair further. For those with pure blonde hair, we can instead use a reverse Balayage technique to accomplish the same effect.
What is reverse Balayage?
Where traditional Balayage involves painting a lightener into darker hair, reverse Balayage works by painting a darkener into lightner hair. It’s a different way of accomplishing the same effect for those with lighter, blonde hair.
Can you get Balayage with short hair?
While the Balayage effect looks the most dramatic on longer hair, it will work with shorter hair too. We recommend using Balayage on hair that’s at least as long as your chin.
How much does Balayage cost?
Since the Balayage technique involves hand-painting each individual strand of hair, it’s about 25% more expensive than traditional highlights. Full Balayage ranges from $167 – $194 depending on the level of stylist. Partial Balayage ranges from $126 – $150.
How to maintain Balayage?
Unlike traditional highlights, Balayage requires very little maintenance. We recommend coming back to the salon every 3-4 months for touch ups and maintenance.