Balayage: all the info and inspo you could ever need on the ultimate hair colouring technique (2023)

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Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique has crept its way back into the best hair salons as one of the most popular and oft-requested styles.

Want the low-down on its sheer magic? We've spoken to the some of the leading experts to get some professional insight into this much-loved hair trend.

What is balayage hair?

The term balayage is taken from the French word for 'sweeping'. 'It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended, natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines,' royal and celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward (opens in new tab) tells us.

'I love Balayage,' says Adam Reed, Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel Paris. 'It’s such a beautiful technique and one that really showcases the craft and artistry of the professional and in-salon colour.'

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed, natural looking hair colour, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.

Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights, because no foil is used and the colour is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights’ says Richard Ward. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour after a visit to the hairdresser's, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder.

The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face. It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want a bold overhaul of your look.

How do you create the perfect balayage?

The secret ingredients to a perfect in-salon balayage are normally kept under wraps. Thankfully, we have Daniel Galvin OBE on hand to share his top tips for the best balayage.

'First is the blend, it's super important that the colourist has the skill to apply the colour properly. They must use the right technique so that it looks like the colour comes from nowhere. Then, the colour choice should never be more than three shades lighter than the natural hair colour, this will ensure you get a 'sun-kissed' look.'

Want to ensure your stylist is putting the colour in the right places? Daniel has the answers: 'The front section should be the lightest part of the hair as this is what shapes your face. Also, your colourist should allow your natural colour to take centre stage, this is how to achieve the best results.'

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

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How long does it take?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours,’ says Josh Wood (opens in new tab), master colourist and Redken's Global Colour Creative Director.

It can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour. But the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights, this can take as little as 45 minutes.

Why is balayage so popular?

Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the colouring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of colouring that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet’ says Richard Ward. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.

'There is currently a slight turn away from the standard balayage look to something more subtle,' explains Josh. 'We are looking at low-fi colour but high-fi condition. Multi-tonal, natural effects are what we’ve been perfecting for the runway and now in the atelier.

'You should question whether it’s actually coloured or not; it’s about a low-key, hyper-natural vibe. For the high-fi condition, I would recommend the Redken in-salon glossing treatment. The Redken ‘Toning Tweakments’ in-salon service menu includes the ‘Balayage Booster’, a Shades EQ gloss shot.

'These are demi-permanent colour that have been coined the ‘lip-gloss’ of hair, due to their conditioning properties that give a flawless shine and vibrancy. Non-committal, easy in-salon use – colour that enhances hair condition.’

Some celebrities who love balayage include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus.

And don't think just because you don't have long hair you can't achieve the look. No matter how short your hair, you can rock balayage. Case in point? Ruby Rose's balayage pixie crop.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

‘Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour. It grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines,’ says Richard Ward. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s ‘the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.’

‘If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of colour you can go for,’ advises Josh Wood. Investing in some good quality colour care styling products is also advisable to keep your colour looking fresh for longer. For example, have a look at hair toners or one of the best purple shampoos (opens in new tab).

If your colour turns brassy after a while you can ‘refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.’ says Wood.

Grace Lindsay, Marie Claire'se-commerce writer loves her balayage because of how easy the upkeep is. 'I will never go back to highlights after getting balayage. It allows me to lighten my locks without having to get my roots touched up every couple of months. Plus, I only have to get it done about twice a year so I save money too.'

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

'Balayage is for all, all hair types and hair colours,' says Reed. 'It’s a wonderfully beautiful technique that can be dialled up or down, perfectly personalised depending on the desired end finish. The key to maintaining this look on all hair types is colour maintenance.'

It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. You can ask for balayage to blonde or balayage for brown hair or dark hair, and your colourist will be able to tailor the style to you. Straight, wavy or curly; whatever category your hair, the colour can work well and look great.

‘Balayage works on all hair lengths apart from on very short or cropped hair (think Pixie crops),’ advises international hair colourist, L'Oréal Professional Ambassador and Marie Claire's 2018 Colourist of the Year Jack Howard (opens in new tab).

The technique is particularly popular amongst celebrities with long, textured hair as it creates a beautiful, beachy style.

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If however, you have balayage on you short hair – let's say a bob – and then want to try the long beach style, Hershesons recently launched a range of balayage tape hair extensions, that will seamlessly blend in. The 60-minute service includes a colour-matching consultation, fitting, cut, wash & blow-dry and the tapes should last you up-to eight weeks, and the hair can be re-used up to three times.

How long does balayage last?

One of the biggest perks of this style is that 'it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour,' advises Josh Wood. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments. And depending on the style you go for you can leave up to four months between top-ups.

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Maintaining balayage at home

Adam Reed explains that balayage looks its best when it's 'super vibrant and glossy. My favourite product to keep hair healthy and offer that glass hair effect is L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil (RRP £19.70 | Feelunique) (opens in new tab). Use this once a week and leave-in hair overnight for a deeper treatment for luscious, high-shine hair'

'My top tip for anyone looking to have their colour done for the best result long-term is to add-on the L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox in-salon treatment. This is an incredible innovation that works to help neutralise copper levels in our water and pipes that can cause hair breakage during the colour service. This is a game changer.'

Don't have time to go to a salon? L’Oréal Professionnel's at-home treatment protects your hair from that pesky copper in under five minutes. Simply, cleanse your hair with the L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Metal Detox Anti-Metal Cleansing Cream Shampoo (RRP £22.50 | Lookfantatic) (opens in new tab). Then slather some of the Serie Expert Metal Detox Anti-Deposit Protector Mask (RRP £22.50 | Lookfantastic) (opens in new tab) on your mid-lengths and ends. Et violà, you've banished any damaging metals.

How to refresh your own balayage

If you are desperate to refresh your colour at home, read our guide on how to dye your own hair at home, and follow Carolyn Newman's below tips on how to refresh a blonde balayage, using Schwarzkopf Permanent Colour (opens in new tab).

1. Apply some of the enclosed treatment sachet to the lengths and ends to protect the existing blonde. This will help protect the hair – do not colour this section.

2. Mix and apply the colour to your roots first – the first 1-2 inches of your hair – and leave to develop for 15 minutes.

3. Then, using a tangle teezer style brush or wide tooth comb, pull the root colour down another 1-2 more inches, using a brush to blend so you don’t get a line and leaving the conditioner-covered mid lengths and ends. Develop for a further 10 minutes.

4. Rinse really thoroughly with shampoo (do two shampoos if required). Then use the rest of the Colour Expert treatment sachet, apply to the lengths and ends and leave to soak in for 2-5 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.

What to buy to keep your balayage looking vibrant and glossy

Keep on scrolling to shop some of the best products to help keep your colour looking fresh in between appointments...

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John Frieda Violet Crush Intensive Purple Shampoo, £7.99 | Boots (opens in new tab)
This is one of our beauty editor's favourite purple shampoos, and is perfect for keeping brassy tones at bay if you've opted for blonde balayage. Not only is it super affordable, but you'll see results in just one wash. Top tip, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

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Redken Colour Extend Brownlights Shampoo, £20 | Lookfantastic (opens in new tab)
For those with brunette hair, this blue shampoo by Redken combats unwanted orange tones. It is specifically designed for both natural and highlighted hair, and the brand recommends using it four to six weeks after having your balayage done.

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L’Oréal Professional Serie Expert Metal Detox Anti-Metal Cleasning Cream Shampoo, £26 | Lookfantastic (opens in new tab)
As mentioned above, this shampoo is designed to brighten and protect colour-treated hair. It works to wash away the water-induced copper deposits that can affect the hair’s vibrancy.

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Sisley Hair Ritual Regenerating Hair Mask, £76 | John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Our e-commerce writer swears by this hair mask to keep her blonde balayage looking shiny. Although it's not specifically designed for coloured hair, the oils intensely nourish the hair fibre, helping to counteract any dryness from the bleach.

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K18 Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask, from £9 | Cult Beauty (opens in new tab)
Another great mask is this one from K18. It is infused with their unique patented K18Peptide that works on a molecular level to repair even the most extreme damage. Salon-worthy locks in no time.

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Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil, £28 | Lookfantastic (opens in new tab)
For a glossy finish, try the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. It contains the same pioneering bond-repair technology as the rest of the range, helping to tame the appearance of frizz and flyaways and enhance luminosity and colour vibrancy.

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What’s the difference between ombre and balayage hair?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with colour starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre colour ‘is a more noticeable, statement look compared to balayage,’ says Richard Ward. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about ombre.

Does balayage work on grey hair?

The style works for all colours but, ‘the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair,’ advises Josh Wood. ‘It will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.’

Does balayage damage hair?

Some good and bad news for you here. Lots of stylists agree that balayage is a lot less damaging than a full head of bleach or getting your roots done every six weeks. Thanks to the lack of foils and heat, your hair will be less dry and processed when your do is complete. That said, balayage is a chemical treatment so expect for some dryness.

Don't worry too much though, our handy guides to the best shampoo for dry hair and best hair masks will bring back any lustre you've lost.

What makes it timeless?

Balayage creates a totally bespoke, personalised colour finish. Healthy, natural looking hair will always be 'in', which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the colour effect that makes this such a popular colour choice.

Keep scrolling for a few of our favourite balayage looks from the A-listers (and their expert colourists).

Kaia Gerber

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Lily Aldridge

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Adam Reed says: 'This is the perfect example of how to achieve a healthy balayage whilst keeping your hair close to its natural colour, a great way to subtly add dimension and depth. By lightening your natural colour by a few shades your hair will look more voluminous and glossier. When lightening brunette hair, hair can sometimes have orange undertones. To cancel these tones out I recommend using the new L’Oréal Professionnel Chroma Crème Blue Shampoo (£16.50 | Lookfantastic) (opens in new tab)every three days.'

Rihanna

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Serena Williams

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Lily James

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Adam Reed says: 'This is a bright, natural blonde that is not too cool or warm with golden highlights throughout. The best way to maintain a gold tone is to go back into salon every six weeks for a toner treatment. Create an effortless look to match this balayage by curling hair and brushing through it a wide-tooth comb to make loose, beachy waves.'

Emma Watson

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jessica Biel

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Gisele

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Jennifer Aniston

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Margot Robbie

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Adam Reed says: 'This warm blonde balayage works well with her fair complexion. It brings out warm undertones in her skin tone and makes her features stand out. When looking to recreate this look in salon ask for warm buttery blonde and for lighter, face framing pieces at the front.'

Olivia Munn

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Adam Reed says: 'Gone is the idea that only blondes can achieve a beautiful balayage – balayage is a technique, not a colour. Those who are looking to enhance their natural colour may opt for a soft transformation, brunettes could look to copper and caramel hues being painted in to offer more depth whilst lighter hair colours may look to brighten their blonde with beautifully toned face framing.'

Joan Smalls

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Adam Reed says: 'A rich auburn balayage is a great colour for dark brunettes looking to add lift and warmth to their hair. Auburn contains more red than usual brown dye and can easily be altered to be darker or more vibrant depending on the style you’re looking for. It is ultra-versatile and works well with most skin types. An added bonus is that its upkeep is easy and affordable as the colour blends in well with the natural hair colour.'

Emilia Clarke

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Adam Reed says: 'Copper hair tones are becoming increasingly popular this year and this colour technique works great within a balayage. Brunettes can use copper tones to brighten their hair and create a stand-out balayage. These subtle red tones work on a variety of skin tones and have been seen on several celebrities in the last six months. To keep the colour from fading I recommend using L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour Range (£14 | Lookfantastic) (opens in new tab) as a part of your daily hair routine.'

Olivia Wilde

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Adam Reed says: 'Bronde is a popular hair colour technique where brunette and blonde are fused together to create a sun kissed, seamless look. The key to achieving a flattering look relies on the placement of light and dark. By painting colour onto the hair almost freehand, the colour can be personalised to flatter and enhance every individual’s face shape and haircut.'

Natalie Portman

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Jessica Alba

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Hailey Bieber

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Chrissy Teigen

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Adam Reed says: 'A caramel balayage is one of the best ways to achieve a dimensional, low maintenance, balayage for brunettes. This colour is best suited for light or dark brunettes as it brightens hair tone whilst keeping your natural colour. There are a variety of shades of caramel to choose from so it’s a great way to create a look that is tailored to you. I recommend bringing hair inspiration images along to your appointment to help show your stylist exactly what you’re wanting to achieve.'

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FAQs

What is balayage hair colour technique? ›

What is Balayage? Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep.” In this hair color technique, highlights are hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair. Dye or lightener is usually painted on, starting midshaft and becoming denser as it moves down the section of hair to the ends.

What are 3 techniques used in balayage? ›

Below, we outline three really important balayage application techniques that can help you step up your hair painting game: The C-Motion™, The Glide & Slide™, and The Backflip™.

How many colors are used in balayage? ›

Instead of using just one colour, two colours are used — with one being a shade darker — to add more depth to the free-flowing colour. The technique also adds more shadows to your mane, making it look thicker and a lot more voluminous when compared to virgin hair.

How long does a balayage last? ›

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.

Is balayage a bleach or dye? ›

As with all highlighting techniques, balayage requires lightening — and that means you'll need to have your hair bleached. Bleaching your hair can cause damage, so it's important to make sure you take care of your strands pre- and post-balayage, not only to make the color last but to keep your hair healthy.

Does balayage damage your hair? ›

DOES BALAYAGE DAMAGE YOUR HAIR? Most colourists would agree that balayage is arguably less damaging than conventional colouring techniques which use foils and heat to set the colour, meaning you're less likely to end up with brassy, over-processed hair.

Is a balayage worth it? ›

"Balayage can be very versatile, making it a good option for most people," Cassanova says. Still, for less upkeep, keep your base shade as close to your natural color as possible. If you're okay with more maintenance, you can go lighter. Maintenance Level: Low to medium.

What are the 7 several techniques in hair coloring? ›

7 Hair Colouring Techniques Explained By An Expert
  • Balayage. This popular technique creates super-soft, sun-kissed colours throughout the hair. ...
  • Wet-Lights. This is ideal for those wanting to soften and break up a harsh hairline or fluffy regrowth. ...
  • Ombré ...
  • Highlights. ...
  • Lowlights. ...
  • Permanent Colour. ...
  • Reverse Balayage.
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How long does a first time balayage take? ›

How long does it take to do in the salon? As balayage involves lightly hand-painting the surface of the hair, it depends on how many highlights you are opting for. A simple few highlights can take 45 minutes whereas a layered balayage can take up to three hours.

Is balayage done on wet or dry hair? ›

Is balayage done on wet or dry hair? Balayage is a freehand technique where highlights and lowlights are strategically painted on to your strands to create a seamless, natural look. Balayage can be done on wet or dry hair—and the results are similar no matter which application you choose.

Do they cut your hair before a balayage? ›

If you're thinking of trying balayage, for the best results, trim your hair before you highlight. A trim will help your colorist decide where to place your new highlights.

How many washes does balayage last? ›

Balayage hair can last up to 4 months with proper care.

The aim is to create a natural, sunkissed effect, and it can be produced on any length of hair, from long waves to short pixie haircuts, as well as onto colour.

How much can a balayage cost? ›

A full balayage is when a colorist adds highlights throughout your hair. According to our internal pricing data, full balayage appointments can cost between $76 and $452. The average cost of. a full balayage is $193.

Does balayage touch your roots? ›

Balayage is a form of highlighting. As previously mentioned, the balayage technique focuses the color a couple inches from the roots. But traditional highlights are usually placed directly at the roots, according to Felicia Dosso of Nunzio Saviano.

What should you not do after balayage? ›

Too much washing may end up damaging the quality of your balayage. When you wash your hair every single day, the beautiful colour in your hair will fade more quickly. Ideally, you shouldn't wash your balayage hair for more than 2 or 3 times each week. Remember to use a conditioner to keep your hair healthy.

Do they wash your hair after balayage? ›

To keep them looking on point, though, you might need to adjust your hair care routine, and this includes washing. After a highlight or balayage appointment, it's good to wait between 48 and 72 hours before washing your hair.

Are balayage high maintenance? ›

A balayage is a great low-maintenance hair color option if you're looking for a subtle refresh in your hair. Ask your stylist for their opinion on what highlight colors would best suit your natural color. A balayage with a deeper root color will grow out seamlessly without harsh lines.

How often should balayage be touched up? ›

In general, we recommend scheduling a balayage touch up every 12-14 weeks. Root growth should be fairly subtle, giving you more flexibility in the exact timing. To protect your colour between appointments, talk to your master stylist about which highlight-enhancing shampoos they recommend.

Does balayage touch the scalp? ›

Finally, since Balayage highlights sit directly on the hair and not the scalp, they can be safely done on pregnant women and those with allergies to hair color. This is truly the safest, most versatile, and lowest-maintenance option for women who want beautiful highlights in their hair.

Can balayage be done in one sitting? ›

Yes, a balayage can be done in one sitting. But depending on how dark your hair is, and how light you want to be, it may take several sessions (each session is charged separately). You will always leave with beautiful hair! It just may not be as light and bright as you want it to be in the first session.

Who shouldn't balayage? ›

Who Shouldn't Get Balayage. While balayage works with almost all hair types, colors and textures, it's not recommended for those with heavily highlighted hair. “This hair type will require the hair to be partially darkened and then highlighted,” says Papanikolis.

What's better highlights or balayage? ›

"Highlights are often placed much closer to the scalp and applied in specific sections while the balayage process includes a graduated painting the color onto the hair in random sections," says Rivera. If you are looking to add non-uniform chunks or sweeps of color, balayage is a better option.

Why is balayage so popular? ›

Another reason why balayage is so popular is that it works brilliantly with all hair types and lengths – straight, curly, wavy, short, long, thick and thin. With thinning hair, the choice of colours that come with a balayage style can be a great way to add depth to your hair to make it look visually thicker.

Why does balayage cost so much? ›

“The reason why people charge more for balayage even though it is 'less work', is because it's not a service everyone offers. And the client can go longer between the retouch so you have to account for that too.” “You charge more because you know a technique that not everyone else does.

Is balayage out of style 2022? ›

“As we embark on 2022, you'll see a move away from balayage and over-bleached two-toned looks that can be damaging to hair. Instead, the trend will focus on keeping hair healthier with blended and customized natural hair colors that complement each person's individual skin undertones.

Which is more expensive balayage or highlights? ›

While prices vary from salon to salon, balayage is typically more expensive than highlights. Balayage can create a total hair transformation, but highlights just add a pop of color and dimension to your mane, which requires much less time, training, and dye.

What are the 10 levels of hair color? ›

Level 1 haircolor is black, level 2 haircolor is the second darkest black, 3 is brown/black, level 4 haircolor is dark brown, level 5 haircolor is light brown, level 6 haircolor is dark blond, level 7 haircolor is dark blond, level 8 haircolor is medium blond, 9 is light blond and 10 is white/platinum.

What is the popular hair color for 2022? ›

Icy Blonde Highlights.

Icy blonde color on jet black hair is undeniably one of the hottest hair color trends of 2022.

Which hair color technique is least damaging? ›

Semi-permanent: Coats the hair with pigmentation with a developer that lasts a few weeks to a few months. Begins vivid, but fades over time. Good for short periods, non-permanent, and less damaging results.

How do I prepare for a balayage appointment? ›

How Should I Prepare For My Balayage Hair Colour Appointment? Make sure you have a patch test 48 hours before your appointment. Make sure your hair is clean and don't over use products before you come in. Bring photos of how you would like your Balayage to look so we know what effect you would like.

Does balayage cover GREY hair? ›

Does balayage work on grey hair? The style works for all colours but, 'the only thing is it won't cover grey hair,' advises Josh Wood. 'It will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.

Is balayage easy to mess up? ›

Balayage is an art that needs to be perfected and is easy to create a mess until you have,” he says. However, if you've had a balayage process that doesn't look like your IG inspo, talk your colorist through it instead of hating on them.

What happens if you shower after balayage? ›

During the first 48 hours after a color service, the pigments of the salon color are still settling—meaning if you shampoo your hair too soon after an appointment, it can cause your hue to fade quicker.

Should I wash my hair the day before a balayage? ›

Should I wash my hair before balayage? No, you should not wash your hair before a balayage treatment. You want to allow some natural oils to build up on your scalp and hair before the appointment. The oils soothe, moisturize, and protect your scalp.

Is a balayage considered a single process? ›

This will likely be a single process which entails lightening pieces of your hair through one of many different techniques (foils, balayage, etc.) then toning to achieve the final outcome. Though toning may seem like an additional step, leaving you uncertain if this trickles into a double process, it does not.

Does balayage look better on short or long hair? ›

The technique can work perfectly well on hair of all lengths, whether short, mid-length, or long.

Where should a balayage start? ›

Most colourists start their balayage in the middle of the hair section, sweeping upwards towards the root to avoid a noticeable colour line. Knowing the result each balayage placement creates, and when it's best to use them, is key to perfecting your technique.

How far down does balayage start? ›

"You technically can use balayage — the freehand paint method — to ombré your hair." But with balayage, the bleach begins about two inches away from the root for a grown-out effect.

How long does a balayage cost? ›

Typically, balayage costs between $70 to $300. By comparison, a full head of regular highlights only costs around $75 to $150. Additionally, it may take up to three sessions to get your hair as light as you want it to be.

What should I do after balayage? ›

Don't wash your hair for at least three days

After getting your balayage, wait for at least three days before you wash your hair. The purpose of doing this is to allow the cuticles to close and the color to set. You also should avoid getting the hair wet during these days, so avoid engaging in strenuous exercises.

How do you make balayage last longer? ›

Don't Wash your Hair Everyday

When you wash your hair, you're stripping it of its natural oils and dulling the balayage color. Try reducing your washes to 2-3 times a week and use a dry shampoo in between washes if needed. This will extend the life of your color.

What's cheaper than a balayage? ›

However, highlights are a lot less expensive than balayages. (One point for the highlight team!) A partial highlight is one of the most common highlight services, and it's generally priced between the cost of a base touch up and the cost of a full color; which is usually less than $100.

How much should you tip on a balayage? ›

Remember the golden rule: "You should tip 20 percent on the entire service cost, not per individual," says Schweitzer. So if your haircut and blow-dry cost $40 total, and your color was $60, your total service cost comes to $100.

Is balayage cheaper than balayage? ›

How much does balayage cost? Because it's so time-consuming to complete, balayage tends to be one of the priciest forms of hair coloring. While highlighting may only cost $150, expect to pay about $200 on average, for balayage. Snag a service for less with one of our deals for balayage near you.

What are 3 techniques used on balayage? ›

Below, we outline three really important balayage application techniques that can help you step up your hair painting game: The C-Motion™, The Glide & Slide™, and The Backflip™.

Is balayage good for thin hair? ›

A balayage can add thickness

A well created balayage can make thin hair look thicker. As well as creating the illusion of thick hair looking lighter. This is all because a balayage plays with light and dark tones, creating different visual effects.

Is balayage or highlights better for GREY hair? ›

When it comes to gray coverage, balayage and foilyage have several benefits over traditional highlights. Favoring a balayage technique for gray blending services allows you to cover a larger surface area and avoid leaving out as much hair. Doing so leaves the client with a natural and youthful look.

Is balayage better than highlights? ›

"Highlights are often placed much closer to the scalp and applied in specific sections while the balayage process includes a graduated painting the color onto the hair in random sections," says Rivera. If you are looking to add non-uniform chunks or sweeps of color, balayage is a better option.

What's the difference between balayage and highlights? ›

Difference between highlights/balayage? The difference between highlights and balayage is that highlights almost always use foils whereas balayage is more of a visual hand-painted technique. Balayage will always give a more subtle result than traditional highlights.

Does balayage technique damage hair? ›

Because Balayage highlights don't involve completely saturating your hair in bleach or color dye, you'll enjoy healthier hair because of less process on the hair. As a result, you get to enjoy softer, silkier hair with less damage and dryness.

What is the difference between balayage and highlights hair color? ›

With balayage you tend to paint the colour on from the mid-lengths to the ends. With highlights, the hair is saturated with colour from roots to the ends. If you want a balanced, blended and softer look then balayage is for you. For a more intensely lightened look, then you should go for highlights.

Which is more expensive highlights or balayage? ›

While prices vary from salon to salon, balayage is typically more expensive than highlights. Balayage can create a total hair transformation, but highlights just add a pop of color and dimension to your mane, which requires much less time, training, and dye.

How many levels can balayage lift? ›

Generally speaking, balayage tends to be best for: Clients requiring four levels of lift or less: Balayage can typically get you about 4 levels of lift in a single session, which means that it isn't always the best route for those guests who need intense brightness or want a dramatic shift in their color.

Does balayage go to the roots? ›

But because balayage is applied to different sections of the hair, there's no regrowth line at the root. A well-executed balayage should therefore grow out invisibly: six months down the line your highlights will be lower down the face but still look amazing, with no visible roots.

Does balayage get lighter over time? ›

Because a balayage involves lightening certain sections of your hair, the effect is permanent, although the colour might fade slightly after a few months if not looked after properly (see further down for how to get long-lasting bright colour).

Who shouldn't get a balayage? ›

Who Shouldn't Get Balayage. While balayage works with almost all hair types, colors and textures, it's not recommended for those with heavily highlighted hair. “This hair type will require the hair to be partially darkened and then highlighted,” says Papanikolis.

How much maintenance is a balayage? ›

While there are ways to maintain color between salon visits, you'll eventually need to get those highlights freshened up. The good news is that balayage highlights really only need to be touched up about every four months.

Will balayage cover GREY hair? ›

It works on gray hair.

Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier on your hair overall.

Is balayage blonde or brown? ›

Blonde hair blended with ashy mushroom shades will earn you countless compliments. Fashionable and trendy, a blonde balayage undeniably makes you look stylish! There are tons of different ways to get those pretty blonde streaks in your hair, but the balayage technique is the most popular and beloved by all it-girls.

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