a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
You’ve seen it all over Pinterest, loved it, wondered how to pronounce it, and now, we are here to talk about it. It’s the balayage trend, ya’ll.
As most trends do, balayage started & became popular as A-listers in Hollywood sported the look. We’re talking Rihanna, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker… they’ve all been doing it & by now, have probably moved on to the next big hair trend. (Hollywood, am I right? We’ll catch up in a year.)
Anyway… if we were to translate the French term ‘balayage’ to English, it would mean “to sweep”. (Definitely much more trendy in French.)
Knowing that translation is important because balayage and ombré (slightly similar in look) are often confused. With ombré, it’s all about the actual style — the transition from a darker shade to a lighter shade. It’s bold, high maintenance, and the difference between a good & bad one can make a world of a difference.
On the other hand, balayage is all about the technique — your stylist ‘sweeps’ the color onto small sections of your hair to achieve that natural transition to the lighter shade.
It may a little daunting to even think about making a hair change, but you’ll be relieved to hear that part of the reason balayage has been so successful is because it’s SUPER easy to manage & maintain. Not only does it give you a natural, sun-kissed look, but it grows out beautifully. In reality, you could go two months before having to visit your stylist for a touch up. #winning
This look works for everyone. There’s many ways you can rock it. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite balayage creations by our totally awesome stylists at Urban Eve & Bleu Roots! Pick a favorite, call us, and let us create it on your hair 🙂