Everything You Need To Know About Balayage

You guessed it, Balayage hair is our favourite hair trend [yet again] this season. But what exactly is it? Here we’ll explain everything that you need to know about this gorgeous beauty trend… So read on.

What is Balayage? 

Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 70s. It’s a freehand technique whereby the colour is applied by hand. Rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits (and we’ve listed them further below) but our favourite is that it’s a low maintenance hair style.

How is it created?

There are various ways in which each stylist will create this look. But generally speaking they will section and colour it with foil initially. Then, after a couple of appointments, they’ll start to freehand their work in a more ‘touch-up’ approach. At this stage you might even see your hair getting teased to get a more creative result. But again, each stylist will have their own individual technique.

How much maintenance is really involved?

Because each requirement for this technique is varied from subtle to extreme, creating your “desired look” will be very unique in the beginning. So it might take a couple of appointments to get it just right. Or it could be achieved after just one. Either way, once it is perfect, then you will be able to space your hairdresser visits out further. And best of all, you will be in and out of the hair salon in a shorter amount of time too.

What should you expect if you’re new to this hair style? 

Essentially you should expect three trips to the salon before it’s super perfect. But in saying that, each look that you’re trying to achieve will have varied lengths to which you will start to see the best benefits.

So what’s the real appeal? Because I was always taught that regrowth was tacky…

Yes we might have been taught in the past that regrowth can become tacky. But when this technique is created right (as seen below on Rose Byrne and other well known celebrities), balayage hair will look anything but tacky! Not to mention that it won’t leave distinct regrowth lines, unlike other techniques of highlighting our tresses.

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Furthermore, we’re all so time poor these days so this is the perfect style to look anything but tacky.

Here are 5 reasons why we love it:

  1. It’s always refreshing and sultry.
  2. You can go longer in between touch ups.
  3. You’re in and out of the salon quicker. Which is a bonus if you’re just as time poor as the rest of us nowadays.
  4. It ties in nicely with the ‘next day’ hair trend that we’re also loving at the moment.
  5. Whether you have blonde, black, brunette, or everything-in-between hair, this technique will suit you. It’s simply a winner!

But if you’re still not convinced… Here are some more of our favourite celebrities rocking this look:

From Chrissie Teagan, Lauren Conrad and Gisele Bundchen. To Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba – and every celeb in between! It’s clear to see why this hair style keeps us wanting more of it each and every season.

But what if you’re looking for more than something subtle?

Great! This technique can be created in various ways. Whether you’re after subtle caramel highlights on dark brown hair. Or something more edgy or punk rock chic. Just ask your hair stylist how she can achieve something more dramatic.

So you’ve decided to take the plunge?

Congratulations!! First of all – you’re going to truly love it. We promise!

But if we can recommend something further. Then that would be to gather some inspirational images of your favourite celebrities rocking this trend. That way you can show your stylist and they can nail it for you time and time again. After all, we say that once you go balayage you won’t go back!

“Balayage is perfect for every season! Be it a long mane or a pageboy bob like Anna Wintour. So enjoy and have fun with it!”

Have you tried balayage already? If so, we’d love to hear from you! What are your thoughts, tips and tricks for keeping this gorgeous hair trend on point? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Vicky Sofield

Vicky began her career writing fashion, lifestyle and music related articles for a diverse range of print and digital media outlets. Shortly thereafter – upon discovering that a vast majority of the fashion industry were being out-shadowed by the commercial conglomerates of the world – Vicky (who equally grew tired of having no creative freedom herself) set out to create her own digital publishing platform that focused on promoting the incredible talents of all creatives within the fashion industry. Which is how The Fashion Catalyst began in 2009.

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