What is a Balayage (pronounced: “bah-lay-ahge.”)?

Coming from the French word “balayer,” meaning to sweep or paint, it’s a term that refers to the way the color is applied, not the color itself. “Balayage is a technique where hair color is painted onto the hair to create a graduated, more natural-looking highlight effect.

The final, more modern look is less stripy than highlights of the past, while offering the same exquisite dimension and fun colour. These hand-painted highlights allow for pops of brightness and contrast throughout the hair, while still keeping it looking natural.

What hair colour is the ideal candidate for a balayage?

The balayage hair colour is typically seen on brunettes who want to lighten up their look, but blondes and redheads have joined in on the trend too

Will having a balayage damage my hair?

Balayage does not damage hair if and when a professional is the one doing the treatment, using high quality products. You will also benefit from using Olaplex when doing the colour. Also, because balayage highlights don’t involve completely saturating your hair in bleach or colour dye, you’ll enjoy healthier hair because of less process on the hair.

How soon do I have to come back for a touch up?

One of the biggest perks of this style is that it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour. 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 touch ups.

Why is a balayage more expensive than highlights?

A balayage takes a lot longer than foil because the stylist goes through piece by piece to customize the colour. It also takes a more thought and creativity from the stylist who needs to be extremely experienced in this technique.