The list of spring hair trends is vast and varied, but balayage hair color has quickly become one of the ultimate transformative coloring techniques. Considered a “step-sister” of ombre, balayage provides an au naturel, sun-kissed look that might just be mistaken for post-vacation hair.
The word balayage is French for, “to sweep or to paint,” which is a perfect explanation of the technique your stylist will use. If you’re unfamiliar with balayage and considering chasing this trend, here’s everything you need to know!
Balayage Hair Color: What’s The Process?
First and foremost, consult with your stylist. Bring an inspiration picture and explain the look you’re hoping to achieve. Remember, not everyone’s hair is right for every style, so talking through your goals will help temper your expectations.
Once you and your stylist have settled on a plan of attack, your stylist will paint the color onto your hair. This freehand technique is the real reason balayage looks so natural. Every stroke is designed to mimic the spontaneous placement of sun-kissed highlights.
Once your hair has been painted, you’ll spend ten to fifteen minutes under the heat dryer. The heat reacts with the bleach, lifting and lightening your hair color. Next, the bleach is washed out, and toner is added, if necessary. Finally, your stylist will dry and style your hair so that you can see the finished look.
Am I A Good Candidate for Balayage?
This is a question we hear a lot, and there are definitely a few considerations to keep in mind when pursuing this style. Let’s take a closer look!
Balayage works on just about every texture or length, but hair color and health can make or break your look. If your hair is very dark, the color of your balayage will not be light blonde immediately. It will likely take several treatments to achieve blonde streaks, and you risk damaging your hair due to excessive bleaching. Additionally, if you have bleached your hair in the recent past, your hair may be too damaged for further treatment. If your hair is healthy and dirty blonde to light brown, then balayage will likely provide the results your desire.
What Are The Pros And Cons of Balayage?
As with any hairstyle, there are both pros and cons to getting balayage hair color.
- You don’t have to worry about re-doing your roots because balayage always looks natural
- Your hair looks sun-kissed without the risk of sun exposure
- You can lighten your hair while maintaining a natural look
- Maintenance is significantly easier than full color
- If your toner fades, the color may become more orange
- It may take a few times to get your highlights as light as you’d like them
- Any type of bleach in your hair can be damaging
Overall, balayage is a great way to create natural sun-kissed highlights with very little upkeep. Just make sure you are a good candidate!