Balayage hair colours last forever and are perfect. You will never hear anyone tell you otherwise. Balayage is technically a technique for hand painting hair, but it also strongly correlates to a particular way of dispersing colours through the hair.
Balayage looks young, stylish, and effortless. It is an easy to maintain hair colour that is also very easy to maintain. The magic of Balayage hair colours can add depth and dimension to any hairstyle. They look amazing when paired with soft curls. Balayage highlights are a great choice because of their beautiful effect and easy maintenance.
This article will explain everything you need to know about balayage hair colours. We’ll show you how to achieve perfect highlights and how to keep them looking great for many years, regardless of what hair type you have.
What is Balayage Hair?
Balayage hair is a French term that means to sweep or paint in French. It’s a hand-painted technique that creates a natural, graduated hair colour effect. This trend is perfect for spring and summer, but it’s also ideal for all seasons.
Hair dye is used to create a balayage hairstyle. Balayage hair colours are applied by hand to the hair in a natural, sun-kissed fashion to give the illusion that the hair is naturally coloured by the sun.
In the best salons, the hair dye is applied in streaks to the ends of hair. The longest streaks frame the face, creating the illusion that the hair has been dyed more than it is. Balayage hairstyles have a high aesthetic impact, but are very healthy for the hair.
What is the difference between Ombre, Sombre and Balayage hairstyles?
An ombre was a popular hairstyle a few years ago. An ombre is a hairstyle that dyes the ends a lighter, but the roots are left with their natural colours. It is very difficult to tell the difference between dark roots and lighter ends. This makes an ombre hairstyle known as a colour blocking style.
There are differences between Ombre, Balayage and Sombre hair.
A sombre is a combination of “subtle”, and “ombre”. It still follows the same rule as the previous one, with darker roots and lighter ends. However, the distinction between them is less stark or jarring.
The gradual lightening of the hair colour occurs gradually. As the hair grows darker, it becomes streaked with lighter colours. Finally, the ends are dyed the lighter shade. This creates a subtle, well-blended colour to your hair.
Balayage is, as we have already explained, the use of a very small amount of dye to achieve a striking result. The dye is only applied to the outermost layers of hair. There are a few streaks of dye that may be visible, but the majority of dye is left on the tips. Highlights and other highlights are placed higher up the layers of hair that frame the eyes.
As with a sombre or ombre, the roots remain in their natural colour so that the hair grows out, there is no need to dye it.
Balancing your hair at the salon is a good option if you don’t have the skills to do a balayage. But not all colourists are capable of perfect balayage. Sometimes, other factors can affect how your hair will look. Here are some tips, as always.
Do Your Research
No matter what you do, you shouldn’t just walk into any hair salon. Look online to find reviews about different hair stylists in your local area. Start by doing a Google search for “best balayage [your town’s]”, then read the reviews.
You can read online reviews and check out their Instagram or gallery if you already know a salon or colourist. You can also view their work and get a sense of their style (after all, not every colour technician balances the same).
Get that Consult
It doesn’t mean you have to colour your hair the moment you get in the chair. You shouldn’t. A consultation is crucial because it allows you to talk with stylists, share your ideas, and receive their feedback.
You might get some great ideas during the consultation, but you may also realize that this particular colour technician doesn’t really understand your vision or doesn’t fit with your style.
To give your stylist a better idea of your vision, feel free to show the stylist a few examples of balayage styles you are interested in. Your hairstyle preferences and hair colour history should be shared with your stylist. Both of these will impact the way your stylist balayages your hair.
You must be ready for the time commitment
Hair colouring appointments are usually not quick. Expect to spend at most an hour in the salon, even if your hair is already dyed or you want to try more complex colours. A colourist may recommend a few appointments to gradually take your hair to a beautiful, healthy balayage.
How to Make Your Own Balayage Highlights
Balayage hairstyles can be difficult to achieve because it requires both expertise and intuition. It must look natural, unstructured, and not too shabby.
How to Make Your Own Balayage Highlights
These tips will help you make the leap and attempt a home balayage.
- Prep – Pick Your Dye
You should plan your next steps. Determine how light you want your hair to look and where the highlights should be placed. Choose the right shade of lightening dye for your hair. Remember that results can be unpredictable, especially if you’re dyeing hair that’s been previously treated.
Clairol Frost & Tip Easy Maximum Blonde Highlights from Ulta is a safe option for home balayage. It bleaches hair well and leaves no orange-tinted hair. This is a great first stage lift, which can be further enhanced with a darker or toner.
- Prep – Don’t Wash
Unwashed hair dyes work better, it’s well-known. Unwashed hair is not only better at holding dye and bleach, but it’s also healthier. The scalp’s natural oils are evenly distributed. This creates a protective layer that covers each hair strand and prevents it from getting damaged by bleach.
- Prep – Mix it Up
Always follow the instructions on the box. Clairol Frost & Tip’s instructions call for mixing a powder with developer in a tray that is already included. Allow the colour to develop.
- Prep – Get Ready to Dye!
Wear a shirt you are comfortable with getting stained. Button-up shirts work well as they don’t need to be pulled over your head.
You will need a place to rest, such as in front of a mirror. A towel is handy for wiping your hands.
In case you don’t have one, place the mixing tray and small hairbrush on the table. Make sure you have your latex gloves on.
- Part Your Hair
Your hair should be brushed thoroughly and free of tangles. You should always start at the inner portion of your hair. Part your hair at the crown, and then pull it into a half-updo. Half of your hair should be pulled forward and swept over one shoulder.
- Get to work!
You have two options: use your gloves or a brush to apply dye. Apply the dye to a single strand of hair. Start at the tips and work your way down.
Next, hold the strand in a pinching motion and pull the dye up a little. This is similar to teasing but gentler. This will give you a soft, natural balayage effect.
- Keep it going, but be a mess
Apply the dye to more hair strands. You can choose to dye all your hair tips or just a few.
You should vary the hair’s thickness when dyeing your hair. Also, make sure that the dye is pulled up at different times. This will make your hair look natural and messy like true balayage.
Repeat the process with the other half of the hair.
- Face Framing Strands
Separate the hair from the semi-up that normally frames your face. I prefer the highlights that start higher up and gradually decrease in height as the hair blends into the rest.
You should apply a large amount of hair dye to your roots. Make sure you get all the way to the ends. Continue this process with all the hair dyes that are face framing. If you are worried about your hair getting confused, you can pull the section of your hair that you have dyed into a low ponytail. You can also let your hair go free.
The outer portion of your hair should be dyed in the same manner as the inner. You should now pull the dye a bit higher than you did on the inner portion of your hair.
You can play around with the colours and dye only as much as you like. For a subtle balayage, you could use a sombre effect or dye only a few hairs.
- Let it rest
It’s now time to wait for dye to set. You can either braid it or cover it with a cap.
Follow the instructions on the box. However, you should not let the dye sit for more than 45 minutes. Otherwise, your hair could be damaged. Relax, enjoy some Netflix, and sit back.
- Wash it Out
When washing out hair dye, it is best to use conditioner. Do not use shampoo. After washing your hair, style it as you normally would and enjoy your beautiful balayage hair! Remember to keep your mind open when you are balancing.
You run the risk that your hair will not turn out the right colour if you use bleach. Bleaching hair can result in brass and green hair, even when it is done by skilled professionals.
* Sometimes, balayage hair colours can look too unnatural and unnatural. Look for a hair stylist with lots of experience in balayaging hair so you get perfect results.
Allergies to hair dye are very common. Apply a small amount mixed dye to one small patch of skin. This will ensure that a rash or tint is not too severe. You can use the hair colour if you don’t experience any allergic reactions.
*Balayage can be a hair colour that looks amazing or terrible depending on how it is done. Combining curls and waves with balayage highlights is a great choice, while pin straight hair looks best with a thoughtful and beautiful balayage.
How to Balayage Dark Hair
Balayage hairstyles are great for dark hair because they lighten and soften the hair without using a lot of bleach. Balayaging dark hair should be done slowly and with a light blonde colour.
You can lighten your hair later by going lighter or darker brown. Although you will likely start with dark hair, some bleaching is necessary. However, you can add colour to your hair with reds, pastels and greys.
How to Balayage Blonde Your Hair
There are a variety of balayage hair colour options for blondes.
Brightening their blonde hair is the easiest. For a super shiny, high-dimensional blonde bombshell look, add balayage streaks in a lighter blonde or platinum shade.
You can achieve a traditional balayage look by colouring your roots darker. This will not work for balayage hairstyles, as it would be too messy. The effect is cool enough that we can understand why you might want it.
A reverse balayage is also an option for those with blonde hair. This involves using traditional balayage techniques but with darker hair colours. The hair is naturally blonde, so darkening the tips will not cause damage. This effect adds a unique touch of mystery to the blonde.
You can make your naturally blonde hair look even more beautiful by using trendy, unnatural colours. There are both permanent and semi-permanent options for hair dye. Balayage hairstyles allow you to explore new styles. As balayage colours for blonde hair, both metallic and pastel hair dyes are great choices.
How to Care for and Maintain Balayage Hair Colours
Balayage is supposed to be easy. While bi-monthly visits to the salon are not required, there are steps you can take that will keep your balayage colours vibrant and healthy.
Limit how often you wash hair. Over-washing can cause balayage highlights to fade or become duller. It is best to let your hair dry completely after dyeing it.
- Switch to a sulfate free shampoo if you haven’t yet.
- Deep conditioning and masking your hair is a good habit to get into, especially for the ends that are dyed.
- Instead of washing your hair, use a dry shampoo powder which removes excess oils and leaves no residue.
- Use a heat protector spray before styling your balayage hair. This is especially important for the dyed areas of your hair as they are more vulnerable to damage.
What Does a Salon Balayage cost?
Although prices can vary from salon to salon and salon to salon the minimum you should expect is $100 for a balayaging treatment. Your hair stylist might be able help you to create a maintenance plan that will lower your costs.
How long do Balayage hair colours last?
It is difficult to predict how your hair will react to balayage colours over time. This also depends on the colour of your hair.
The hair will not become darker after it has been bleached. This is largely dependent on how fast your hair grows and whether your balayage highlights are to remain at a particular shade. Between touch-ups, it takes on average 3 months.