Balayage is a free style hair highlighting technique. It is also known as hair painting. People also spell it balliage in English.
Where does is come from and what does it mean? It comes from the French and it means the act of “sweeping.” How does hair relate to sweeping? Well, the motion with which one has to paint the hair highlights mimics sweeping. Since it’s foil-free, the hair lightener needs to be painted onto the surface of the hair. Do it any other way and you may end up with leopard spots. Let’s face it, animal prints are chic for fabric, not hair. Real balayage artists can paint lightener onto hair strands without the use of a board.
Why has balayage become such a popular and sought after hair trend? Because it looks natural, dimensional and modern. The biggest benefit perhaps is that it grows out gracefully, without a defined line of demarcation, which allows for a longer period of time between hair appointments.
It is great for blondes and brunettes and it never looks fake if done right.
We found a how-to balayage at home video by BellaSugar. Even though she uses a board to brush lightener onto her hair, she knows the principles of balayage. Her highlights aren’t quite swept, but since this technique is quite hard to do it yourself, we say bravo!
To see a little video with classic balayage, click on the link layered-medium-length-hairstyle-and-balayage-highlights.
To watch a video showcasing balayage on short hair, click on the link short blonde hairstyle.
Compare, contrast and decide whether this is something you’d like to try at home.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME IF:
Your hair is darker than BellaSugar’s hair. Your chances of making this work are higher if your natural hair color is a really light brown or lighter.
IF YOU DECIDE THAT YOU ARE NOT A BATHROOM BEAUTICIAN AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHTING DONE, YOU CAN NOW BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE:
P.S. IF YOUR BALAYAGE AT HOME GOES WRONG, DON’T WORRY, WE CAN FIX IT!