Balayage (American â??Baliageâ?) technique hair highlighting is done freehand, so is also called hair painting or free-form technique. Balayage is very versatile and can be used to achieve many looks, including ombre hair. Balayage highlights can be applied on wet or dry hair.

Balayage can achieve a far more dimensional, natural and soft look than with foil highlights. Foil highlights are better suited, when you want a more obvious colour contrast. Foils can result in obvious strips of color that are too brassy or white. Balayage highlights are easier to maintain, as the re-growth is not as noticeable as foil or cap highlights.

Balayage hair highlighting is gentler on the hair than other traditional highlighting techniques, as it doesn’t use heat. Aluminium foil conducts heat into the hair, when bleaching, creating a very brassy effect.

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Tips to get the most from your Balayage highlights:

 

  • Choose a highlight colour that complements the rest of your hair, as well as your skin. Pink-toned skin suits blonde highlights. Yellow undertones should not have a deep gold tone.

  • Protect your Balayage highlights with a color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner to delay colour from fading and to prevent hair from drying out.

  • Get a conditioning treatment afterwards to make the hair softer and smoother.

 

  • Your balayage highlights will need to be touched up from about 6 -8 weeks, as the hair grows.