The difference between a traditional foil highlight and a balayage (pronounced bah-lee-AHZGE) is remarkable!
The phrase “balayage” developed from the French and in truth means “to sweep;” this coloring method emerged from Paris in the 1970’s! C’est intéressant! A balayage is a leading-edge, highlighting technique in which the hair color is painted on in a creative way. The strokes where the color is placed creates very graduated, natural-looking highlights without developing a noticeable or obvious root. A large pool of celebrities and modern models showcase this technique and due to extremely high demand and beauty trends, all salons now offer this low maintenance service. Many guests do get their balayage touched up and lightened as often as a traditional foil highlight, but for those of you who don’t want to come in every 6-12 weeks to get their hair foiled to the root can wait in between many more appointments for a balayage touch up. This can be done as little as twice a year if that’s how low maintenance the guest wants it, it is all relative to what are your specific hair needs, and what is in your beauty budget.
Out with the old and in with the new? We think so! Balayage is here to stay. Balayage is more than a trend, its a technique, and a very difficult one to master. However, a balayage MIGHT NOT be for everyone. Of course, foiling will be around forever and many guests do love the uniform look of foiled highlights and they know exactly just what to expect every time. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever give the balayage a shot. We think that everyone could benefit from this service and should have their hair painted at least once. All of our stylists do agree that this technique is more fun to apply, and makes it more of a custom look in your hair because you don’t share your hair with anyone else.
The system of the balayage goes as such: the color is mildly applied at the base of your head and it gradually gets much heavier as the color shifts down to the ends of your hair. As your roots grows out, your hair is lightly concealed for a few months from the color that was lightly applied to your base. A balayage can range from very soft tones (1-3 levels lighter) or more high dimension tones (3+ levels lighter) based upon the look you are wanting to achieve and how quickly your hair reacts to the lighteners. A balayage is is commonly mistaken for a service that only blondes That is absolutely incorrect! Blonde’s don’t ALWAYS have more fun! This service can be applied to blonde, brown or black, red, and other creative hair colors based upon consultation.
If you are interested in booking an appointment for a balayage, or if you have any additional questions on anything you read, please give us a call at 847-934-2006. Our hair bestie community here at Studio Stÿl would love to help you in any further way!
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