What Is Balayage? Everything You Need to Know About The Hair Color Trend

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What does "balayage" mean?

The term comes from the French word "balayer," meaning to sweep. It's a term that refers to the way the color is applied, not the color itself. Balayage uses various tones of light and dark to create multiple dimensions of color to create a graduated, more natural-looking highlight effect.

1. Where did it originate?

Balayage hair had its fabulous beginnings in 1970s France, at the uber-exclusive Carita Salon in Paris. At the time, the industry standard was to dye hair using frosting caps and foils. Balayage was a revolutionary new technique, using strips of cotton to separate dyed hair from un-dyed hair, leading to that effortless, sun-kissed look. In the 90s, balayage hair came to the US, only just becoming popular among the masses in recent years.

2. Is balayage right for you?

The creative possibilities are endless with balayage—you just need to decide how big of a change you'd like and how daring you're feeling. Balayage is a more gentle foray into the world of dyeing, if you have never had your hair dyed. It is also a good idea to look at how you usually style your hair. Regardless, consult with your hair colorist before your appointment to ensure that you are making a decision that feels right for you and your lifestyle.

3. What kind of hair is balayage best suited for?

Balayage works on most hair lengths and hair types, however, if you have a pixie cut, you may want to avoid balayage, since there isn't enough hair to create those seamless highlights. Balayage is especially popular on long, textured hair types to create that California sun-kissed red carpet look.

4. How to get balayage hair at home?

Can't make it to the salon or nervous about dyeing your hair? Balayage hair extensions are a perfect way to achieve balayage hair at home. Clip in hair extensions, halo hair extensions, and tape in hair extensions are all newbies' favorite hair extension types. You can enjoy the excitement of long and thick hair without going to a hair salon, and you will fall in love with your hair. The best way to get the look is to match your natural hair color to the base shade of the balayage hair extensions to add color and dimensions to your natural hair instantly.

5. How to make balayage hair hair last?

Like with any color treated hair, it is important to protect your hair and use the right hair products to maintain your color and infuse moisture back into your hair in between appointments. We recommend using salon quality sulfate-free shampoo to ensure that the color is not stripped away, as well as a purple reinforcing shampoo, to eliminate any brassy tones.


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  • Victoria Addington

    I decided to do some research on hairstyles that might look well on my daughter because she has been planning to get her hair colored for the first time. Good thing you mentioned that balayage hair is a gentle introduction to hair dyeing and would be a fantastic option to do if it’s your first time coloring your hair. I’ll definitely share this with her and look into services that can assist us with it because I think trying this out would be an excellent idea.


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