What is Balayage Hair?

If you’re at all into hair, then you have probably heard the term thrown around a lot lately. But if you’re having trouble figuring out the difference between balayage, ombre, sombre, babylights and all the other buzzwords that are hash-tagging their way around, don’t stress, Here is a bit of background explaining the technique and a video tutorial below.  Think of it like a 101 course.

balayage hair

The Hair Painting Technique.

Developed in the 1970’s balayage isn’t actually a specific color or look, but rather the actual application technique that stylists use to apply highlights. The name means “paint” or “sweep” in French, so the dye is applied freehand, using vertical strokes and no foil, as if you were painting color onto the strands. 

This way, you can easily build the level of color from the mid-shaft to the ends so that the results are softer, more natural-looking and grow out without screaming, “I haven’t been to the salon in a while.” or “ It’s been ages since I last did my hair color.”

Balayage hair is with out a doubt head-turning, so very luxe looking and can be used in even the shortest pixie crop, however, the best results are in lengths that is past the shoulders.

What kind of hair works best?


The method isn’t just used for getting those sun-kissed highlights that have made celebs like Miranda Kerr, and Sarah Jessica Parker fall head over heels in love with it. 

Balayage can also be a little wild. When the technique is combined with mermaid colors, an on-trend galaxy palette or silver granny hair, you get a rich ombre that blends two or three (or five) vibrant hues seamlessly. Plus, because balayage hair color is not as harsh as other processes, it turns out amazing on all base colors and hair textures.

So whether you’re ready for candy-colored hair or are just experimenting with highlights for the first time, balayaging is a great versatile choice, that can be soft and subtle or bold and edgy either way it looks great on anyone. To prove it, here’s a video showing how to get some lust-worthy balayage hair on your own or that will make you want to get to the salon ASAP!


Here is a list of items used in the video tutorial

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