Balayage Hair Color

If you’ve been looking for a new way to color your hair, want a change in your look or simply want to know more about the latest trends in new hair techniques, you may be wondering, “what is balayage hair?” Balayage techniques are used by a number of celebrity stylists, so chances are you’ve seen stars like Jessica Alba, Alexa Chung and Rihanna with balayage hair, which gives the effect of sun-kissed hair that can make your coif look healthier and even make your skin appear a little brighter. Getting a clearer explanation of this hair technique can help you decide if you want the balayage effect on your tresses, and which colors would work best for you.

Balayage comes from the French word meaning “to paint.” The color is applied using a sweeping motion on the hair to make the new color look natural as if you’ve been in the sun all day. The effect is meant to create effortless color, similar to what happens to children’s hair when they’ve been at the beach all day. This is one of the reasons why this new technique is a great way to enhance your natural hair color.

In order for the balayage technique to look its best, the highlight should get thicker the further it is applied from the hair follicle. Near the roots, the application should be light and should only be on the surface of the hair, as opposed to the roots or all through the hair like traditional color. Going too heavy on the color near the roots or at the top of the hair can also create a large, thick highlight stripe, which is likely not the look you’re going for.

  • If you want balayage blonde, a light application of the blonde color should be painted on the top of your hair, and the application should become fuller until the bottom of your hair is a more pronounced blonde.
  • For balayage brown hair, a light shade of brown (i.e. a coffee or chestnut-tinged color) can be painted on the top of the tresses and the brown color will intensify as more color is swept onto the hair until the bottom of the hair strand is reached.
  • The same is true for balayage red hair; a medium burgundy color may grace the hair near the scalp, but by the time the color reaches the end of the hair strand, it may be a pronounced wine shade.

Keep in mind that balayage is different from ombré, a technique in which the color of the hair makes a seamless transition from very dark to very light. Ombré tends to be a lot more daring and noticeable, so you can mix ombré and balayage techniques to get a stunning result. This is called sombré, or a softer version of ombré.

To find the balayage shade and technique that is right for you, consult with your stylist to find the color that fits your personal style and compliments the undertones in your skin and your natural hair color.

The hair coloring stylists at the Blu Salon in Edgewater, NJ are experts in this hottest new technique “Balayage”. Give us a call at 201.941.5400 or contact us here to set up an appointment.  Sit back relax in our soothing and beautiful salon and leave feeling and looking fabulous with new beautiful hair.