Did Someone Say Balayage?

Sharp, sleek, sexy. Balayage is the newest hair trend making waves, but what exactly is it? And how do you go about attaining this season's hottest look?

Balayage is a hair colouring technique originating from France in the 1970s. Unlike other techniques, Balayage involves manually applying colour to hair by hand. Balayage can be applied on any length of hair, but the full beauty of the technique becomes really visible on hair below the shoulders.

 


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Why all the fuss? 
Essentially, Balayage is very VERY versatile. You can go for subtle natural highlights to very full on, in your face edgy effects. To make things even better, Baylage is relatively cheap to maintain as it doesn't require regular touch-ups. This is because unlike other methods of dyeing hair, Balayage does not give a set separation line or regrowth. This is great as not all of us can afford to be visiting the salon every 2-3 weeks!
 

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 The process...
 Balayage is applied on the surface of a hair strand against a board, allowing for saturation of the tips   of the hair strand. This is what gives the lush blended stroke of colour Balayage is famous for. Balayage can take anything from 20 minutes to a few hours to apply depending on what you're going for. For example, a multi-tonal triple process look can take typically take anywhere between 3-4 hours whereas a few highlights will probably only take 20-30 minutes.


Will Balayage look good on me? 
The simple answer to this is yes. Remember what we were saying earlier on in this post about Balayage's versatility? Well this versatility means that there are a plethora of looks achievable with Balayage. Short hair, long hair, curly hair, straight hair, Balayage will work for you. Likewise, it doesn't matter whether you have dark or light hair, Balayage will still work for you beautifully. One thing to note however if you have Afro or tightly curled hair is to notify your hairdresser if you have had a lot of processes beforehand such as relaxing. This is important as processes such as relaxing can affect the outcome of your Balayage. 

                                                                              

Balayage is an amazing way to introduce some colour to your hair. Speak to your hairdresser and give yourself the makeover you deserve this summer!