What is Balayage? The Only Guide You'll Ever Need (2023)

Balayage hair seemed to blow up seemingly overnight. Out of nowhere, our Instagram feeds were suddenly flooded with images of dimensional blonde locks with ultra-bright, face-framing pieces, tagged with #balayage. The trend took off for good reason⁠—balayage is a fairly low-maintenance way to go lighter, as it preserves your base color and often blends your natural roots for softer grow out.

But what exactly is balayage, and how do you correctly ask your colorist for this look? For starters, balayage is technically a technique used by your colorist, rather than a specific color itself. Confused? No worries: We break down everything you need to know, below, with the help of pro colorists Lisa Satorn, Olivia Casanova, and Jordan Heidenwith.

Meet the Expert

  • Lisa Satorn is a senior stylist at LA's Nine Zero One salon, home to celeb clients Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, and Taylor Swift.
  • Olivia Casanova is a trendsetting colorist making waves between New York City and Miami's IGK salons.
  • Jordan Heidenwith is a Chicago-based colorist at Dennis Bartoleomi salon, known for their natural-looking blondes, and is deemed one of Modern Salon's top 100 colorists to follow.

Ahead, everything you need to know about balayage, what to expect from the process, how it differs from other highlighting techniques, how much you can expect to pay, and more.


  • How to Pronounce Balayage: bah-lee-ahj
  • Choosing a Shade:The options are seemingly endless when it comes to picking a shade. "Balayage can be very versatile, making it a good option for most people," Cassanova says. Still, for less upkeep, keep your base shade as close to your natural color as possible. If you're okay with more maintenance, you can go lighter.
  • Maintenance Level:Low to medium. If you're turning to balayage just to add a touch of extra warmth and dimension, going in twice a year should be more than enough. However, if you're relying on balayage to break up your natural base color or significantly lighten your hair, you should expect to go into the salon a few times a year, Heidenwith notes. "My average balayage client comes about every three to four months," Satorn adds. "But that can easily go up to six months since there is a seamless grow-out."
  • Goes Great With:All skin tones; it's highly customizable.
  • Similar Techniques: Ombré, Sombré, Foil-ayage
  • Price:In NYC, a full service with tip can cost upwards of $400, and a partial between $200-$300. In other parts of the country, full service appointments can be as low as $150 and partial appointments as low as $75-$100. In short, it's difficult to give an exact figure because the needs of everyone's hair, where they're having it done, and the credentials and rates of the colorist differ.

What Is Balayage?

Contrary to popular belief, balayage is a color application technique, rather than a specific color itself. The word translates to "sweep" or "paint" in French. Bright around the face, blended at the roots, lighter ends, and effortlessly natural are all descriptors of balayage hair. "Think undone, cool surfer girl hair," Cassanova explains, "Almost like you spent a summer at the beach." The balayage technique is used to achieve a very naturally blended, lightened look, and while we typically associate balayage with becoming blonde, the same technique can be used to create caramel, espresso, or even pastel strands.

Unlike traditional highlights, which use foils, balayage involves painting onto the hair with a brush dipped in lightener. "It's a freehand highlighting technique," Satorn says. "By using a sweeping motion, it creates a soft, multidimensional, and natural looking highlight." Colorists use their brushes to paint sweeps of vertical highlights onto the hair with strips of cotton or saran wrap layered between each section, which protects the application by avoiding any color bleeding or spotting.

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Balayage vs. Ombré vs. Foil Highlights

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Despite balayage coming on the scene in the '70s, it didn't surge in popularity in the US until somewhere around 2010. "Before [balayage], I was still doing a traditional, classic foil look (think circa 2000s; very blonde highlights to the root)," Cassanova tells us. And while both balayage and traditional foil highlights are application techniques that target lighter hair, they have varied results.

Should You Get Balayage or Foil Highlights?

"Balayage gives a multidimensional highlight, which can appear more natural because it creates different levels of lightness," Satorn explains. "Traditional foils give a more uniform and even finish, creating a single-dimensional highlight." Heidenwith adds, "I think when choosing a technique, it all depends on the client's hair and what their desired look is. For most 'high contrast' looks, I usually use a foil in some sort of way to lock in heat and ensure lightness."

But the highlighting options don't stop there. Like balayage and traditional highlights, ombré, a French term meaning "shaded" or "graduated in tone," is a common request for lightened hair. However, whereas balayage is used to achieve more of an all-over color from roots to ends, ombré appears to be perfectly grown-out hair color. Its color gradient typically goes from darker roots to lightened ends with little to no color applied near the roots.

The Benefits of Balayage

  • Looks more natural than traditional highlights: The nature of balayage is to paint specifically selected strands and blend them with your natural base. As such, balayage looks much softer than traditional foil highlights, which tend to have more obvious lines of demarcation.
  • Low-maintenance: Because the lightened strokes are painted on so softly to achieve that natural look, they leave no trace of harsh, blunt lines or obvious regrowth, allowing for more time between your appointments.
  • Color is less likely to "bleed": With balayage, colorists use a barrier between their sections to prevent the layers of bleach from touching. "The benefit of using cotton or saran wrap in between sections is to prevent the lightener from bleeding, which could create a blotchy dye job," Cassanova says. If foils are placed too close, it could leave what's called a "bleed," or a spot of bleach that's leaked onto the hair beneath the foil, and that can be difficult to fix.
  • Less damage: Because balayage doesn't involve saturating your entire head of hair in bleach (as is the case with double-process), you use less bleach and thus get a lightened look with significantly less damage to your hair.

The Drawbacks of Balayage

According to our experts, your natural hair color and its tones (e.g. warm, neutral, or cool) will influence the results of your balayage. "Sometimes people with very dark hair can pull very red/orange warm tones when getting balayage done," Cassanova says. "If you’re someone who doesn’t like warm tones, then balayage is probably not for you. The hair can turn brassy more quickly than with traditional highlights (depending on your natural hair color)." Satorn agrees, telling us that with even the slightest drop of warmth in your color, it could be very difficult to achieve your desired tone with balayage. "I love offering balayage to clients that love a hint of warmth to reflect against their highlight (and do not mind more than one appointment to get to their desired lightness)."

While a toner can quickly fix unwanted warmth, it is prone to fading out and leaving you with that undesirable brassiness. You may decide that keeping up with more frequent toners between balayage appointments is worth it, but remember that will require more upkeep, as well.

Is Balayage Safe for Natural Hair?

Compared to other, more traditional approaches to lightening the hair, Cassanova tells us that balayage is a little easier on all hair types, especially curly-haired girls who put their curl patterns at risk when choosing to go lighter. "There is no heat being retained inside of any foils forcing your hair to lift quicker, which can sometimes cause damage if over-processed," she explains.

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"I take extra care to follow the curl pattern of the hair and will leave more negative space between each balayage highlight, making sure to keep dimension," Satorn says. With the proper application and formula, she assures us that the hair won't get damaged, no matter what type of texture you have. "Naturally coily hair is a perfect candidate for balayage because it won’t make your highlights look stripy," Cassanova says. "As long as it's done slow and steady with a bond builder such as Olaplex or Uberliss," she adds.

How to Prepare for Balayage

  1. Always bring multiple photos that represent your goal: There are so many techniques and names for things that all have different meanings to stylists. Photos make it easier to get everyone on the same page to agree on things by visually pointing out certain details.
  2. Come with clean hair: "I love to balayage on clean hair so I know there isn’t a buildup of product, dirt, or oil that may hinder the lifting process," Satorn says.
  3. Try a conditioning treatment a few days beforehand: "You can prep your hair by using either Olaplex No. 3 ($28) or Uberbliss Bond Sustainer ($15) at home a few weeks leading up to your appointment," Cassanova advises. "This way you can help strengthen your hair to ensure minimal damage when lightening."
  4. Wear your go-to hairstyle: When it comes to balayage, your colorist will paint differently depending on whether you wear your hair curly or straight. So arriving with your hair styled how you would normally wear it helps colorists to better place highlights.

What to Expect During the Process

With balayage, your colorist hand-selects which sections or strands of hair will have lightener applied to them. Typically, lightener is more highly concentrated on the face-framing pieces of the hair, the ends, and the top layer of hair for a more dimensional look. Depending on your base color and your desired end result, your stylist will typically leave out a few sections of the hair and not dye or lighten them. This helps create that soft, dimensional, blended look that balayage is so famous for.

Balayage is usually executed with bleach, and will typically involve a round of toner or gloss as well. It's recommended to see your colorist for a consultation first before booking your balayage appointment so that you both have plenty of time to discuss the best fit for you before the bleaching day.

Every appointment is a little different based on the current state of your hair and what you'd like your end result to look like, but here's a general framework for what you can expect at your balayage appointment, which can take anywhere from three to five hours.

  1. Your colorist will evaluate your hair: Even if you've already come in for a consultation, your colorist will begin by evaluating your hair and inspiration photos. They'll likely ask you questions about how often you heat style, which way you part your hair, how you usually style it, how often you're committed to returning for touch-ups, and if you're open to having a trim before deciding on the final color plan for the day.
  2. Sectioning and hand-painting your hair: Once you and your colorist have decided on a final color plan together based on your goals and lifestyle, they'll mix up some lightener and bring it over to the station where you're seated. This is your chance to go to the bathroom, make sure you have a beverage, and that your phone/book/magazine is out in your lap because once the painting process begins, you'll be seated in your chair for one to two hours, depending on how much hair you have and how much lighter you're going. Your colorist will work section by section, painting specifically selected strands from a section of hair and then covering that section with cotton or saran wrap so the lightener doesn't bleed into unwanted hair sections. The lighter you're going, the smaller the sections will be and the more strands from each section they will choose to paint.
  3. Sitting under the dryer: Your colorist will likely have you sit under a dryer to expedite the lightening process. Lightener starts working on contact, so your hair has been slowly lightening as lightener was applied to each section. For this reason, your colorist might only apply the dryer to the second half of your head (since the lightener had been sitting on the first side of your hair for longer). Or, if you have fragile hair or are going for more subtle highlights, your colorist might skip the dryer altogether and just have you sit in the chair without any heat while the lightener works its magic. Either way, you could be waiting for the lightener to process for anywhere from 15-45 minutes. Your colorist will come by a few times during this time period and check on how your hair is reacting to make sure your strands don't over-lighten.
  4. Rinsing and applying a protein treatment: Once your stylist decides your strands have lightened to the right shade, you'll head over to the bowl to be rinsed out. It isn't uncommon for your stylist's assistant to do this part, and rest assured that they're specifically trained to execute these steps to perfection. Because bleach can be harsh on your hair, you'll likely receive a protein treatment like Olaplex to restore the bonds in your hair.
  5. Applying gloss: While your hair is lightened by the bleach when your stylist hand-paints, chances are it's not the exact tone you're looking for. Perhaps your inspiration photos featured a golden blonde, but your base color is naturally ashier. In this step, your colorist (or their assistant) will apply toner to help blend your natural base and new highlights together and achieve the overall tone you're going for, be it more golden or icier. Once a moisture-restoring gloss is applied evenly throughout the hair, it usually has to sit for about 10 minutes. Your colorist will check the color after this time frame and confirm if it should be rinsed out or if the formula should sit for a bit longer. Once you're ready, you'll be shampooed and conditioned.
  6. Trimming and blow-drying: Once you've received a tone or gloss, you're ready to be trimmed and blow-dried. If you're having a significant haircut the same day you're getting balayage, your stylist will likely trim your hair while it's dry before lightener is applied so your colorist doesn't have to waste time lightening hair that's just going to be cut away. But if you're just getting a trim, it will take place after your hair is lightened.


While balayage does allow for fewer salon appointments spread further apart, there are some things to keep in mind between appointments to help keep your hair healthy and your color looking its best. For one, Heidenwith suggests doing a gloss or a hairline touchup. "Toning in between will help keep the desired tone in tact, while hairline touch-ups will help maintain brightness."

Outside of the salon, Heidenwith says that moisture shampoos and conditioners are a must. "The ends get so saturated with balayage application that the color on the ends can feel drier faster," he says. Turning to an oil, like Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil ($69), will help as well, especially if heat styling is a part of your routine. "Also, a purple shampoo is good to use once in a while to protect the color from going too warm," Heidenwith adds. So if brassiness does turn out to be a concern of yours, there are steps you can take to help preserve your color straight from the comforts of your own home.

The Cost

The cost of balayage varies vastly depending on the current state of your hair and where you're having it done. It's recommended to book a consultation with your colorist before booking a balayage appointment. During this consultation, you can ask your colorist how often you would have to come in for touch-ups and what your colorist charges for these appointments.

For example, if you have brown to dark blonde hair, you could come in for two "full" services a year (where your colorist lightens sections all over your head) and one "partial" service (where only half of the sections on your head are lightened) if you're willing to deal with a few imperfections (like brassiness) between appointments. If you want your balayage to look perfect year-round, you'd likely want to book two full appointments and two partial appointments.

Our Favorite Looks

1. Warm-Toned Curls

Rich caramel and honey hues blend perfectly together, while springy curls add another dimension to this voluminous look.

2. Ultra-Cool

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As you can see from the ashy, silver hues throughout a raven-black base, this color has never been more delightfully bold and modern.

3. Mermaid Moment

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These long locks have been painted with a silky, neutral brown hue that brightens, albeit subtly. It's brown balayage at its finest.

4. Pretty in Plum

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We love the melding of these raven, burgundy, and plum hues. The highlights at the ends of her hair prevent the overall look from feeling weighed down.

5. Blurred Bronde

The honey and golden hues frame these natural cool-brown tones beautifully, blending together and creating a soft glowing effect. It's utterly romantic.

6. Pop of Platinum

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If it's a visually effortless look you're after, this blonde balayage number is it. The color blend reminds us of a cloudy day at the beach when you wear a cozy sweater and bring a good book.

7. Seamless Drama

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We love this high-contrast blonde and dark brown that calls to mind cookies and cream. Consider this cool-toned hue if your skin has pink, red, or bluish undertones.

8. Golden Hour

This style, described by the colorist as "rooty caramel," is relatively low-maintenance. Grown-out roots also contribute to its casual-cool vibe.

9. Subtle and Shiny

This chestnut brown balayage is so rich, it's gleaming. Apply a hair oil to strands to ensure gloss for days.

10. Dark Brown Base

This balayage look utilizes a dark brown base, adding caramel blonde highlights around the face to make features pop. The juxtaposition is really eye-catching without looking unnatural.

11. Brown-to-Blonde Color Meld

On natural curls with texture, a tiny touch of balayage makes a big impact. Here, naturally brown hair moves down into blonde balayage concentrated at the ends. The look is subtle but dramatic.

12. Sun-Kissed Bronde

Mixing two disparate shades doesn't have to yield unnatural results. Just look at this epic bronde, sun-kissed look. Keeping the highlights near the face helps keep the look natural—like you just got home from a trip to the tropics.

13. Honeyed Ends

This light honey balayage is subtle and sweet. Add extra dimension with a light wave to the hair.

14. Bleached Balayage

The bleached-blonde look works on a number of hair types. Here, natural curls get the bleached balayage treatment with sexy and chic results.

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The Takeaway

Balayage refers to a lightening technique that involves lightening the face-framing pieces of the hair, the ends, and the top outer-facing layer of the hair while still maintaining some of your natural base color. Remember that balayage is a lightening technique, rather than a specific color, and it may or may not be the the best technique for reaching your color goals. You and your colorist should decide on that together. If your colorist does recommend balayage based on the current state of your hair and the color you're looking for, then you'll be pleased to know balayage looks more natural, produces less obvious lines of demarcation, and softer grow-out at your roots when compared to traditional highlights. All in all, it's a great way to achieve gorgeous, low-maintenance "surfer" hair with just a few trips to the salon per year.

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How do you explain what a balayage is? ›

What is Balayage? Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep.” In this hair color technique, highlights are hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair. Dye or lightener is usually painted on, starting midshaft and becoming denser as it moves down the section of hair to the ends.

What's so great about balayage? ›

Because Balayage highlights don't involve completely saturating your hair in bleach or color dye, you'll enjoy healthier hair because of less process on the hair. As a result, you get to enjoy softer, silkier hair with less damage and dryness.

What are the mistakes with balayage? ›

outlining some of the biggest mistakes that we see beginner stylists making when they're first starting out with balayage.
  • Painting From the Wrong Elevation. ...
  • Not Maintaining Appropriate Tension. ...
  • Painting with the Tip of the Brush. ...
  • Using Short Strokes. ...
  • Not Saturating the Hair. ...
  • Using the Wrong Product Consistency.

What are 3 techniques used on balayage? ›

Below, we outline three really important balayage application techniques that can help you step up your hair painting game: The C-Motion™, The Glide & Slide™, and The Backflip™.

What's the difference between balayage and full hair color? ›

The difference between the two is the balance of violet pigments in each strand of hair. When your stylist does balayage on someone with dark brown or black hair, they will use a toner that has more violet pigments than yellow or orange pigments to neutralize those colors and give you an all over golden glow.

What does a full balayage include? ›

A full balayage is a technique where highlights are added throughout your entire mane. This is an ideal yet popular treatment for those who want an all-over lightened hair without the constant maintenance that comes with root grow out.

Why does balayage cost so much? ›

“The reason why people charge more for balayage even though it is 'less work', is because it's not a service everyone offers. And the client can go longer between the retouch so you have to account for that too.” “You charge more because you know a technique that not everyone else does.

Does balayage require a lot of maintenance? ›

Balayage hair is relatively low maintenance because the technique doesn't interact with your roots. Once applied, the colouring will remain in your hair without frequent follow-up visits to the salon.

What is the lifespan of balayage? ›

Because a balayage involves lightening certain sections of your hair, the effect is permanent, although the colour might fade slightly after a few months if not looked after properly (see further down for how to get long-lasting bright colour).

What not to do before getting a balayage? ›

Should I wash my hair before balayage? No, you should not wash your hair before a balayage treatment. You want to allow some natural oils to build up on your scalp and hair before the appointment. The oils soothe, moisturize, and protect your scalp.

What should you not do after balayage? ›

Avoid Heat Styling Too Often

To minimize damage and extend the life of your balayage color, try to avoid heat styling too often. If you do use heat styling tools, use a heat protectant spray to minimize damage and keep your locks looking healthy and shiny.

What type of hair is balayage best on? ›

American balayage is a mix of the open-air technique and foiling. A stylist applies foil highlights and then paints the remaining hair between the foils. It is great for dark-haired women, and is used for a perfect face framing, or extending highlights closer to the scalp.

What pattern is best for balayage? ›

Horizontal Sectioning

This is one of the most common sectioning patterns used in balayage, and for good reason: It allows for the most powerful impact, visually, because that's how hair naturally falls on the head. Horizontal sectioning is perfect for when you need to create more impact.

What do I need to know about balayage for the first time? ›

What to Expect During the Process. With balayage, your colorist hand-selects which sections or strands of hair will have lightener applied to them. Typically, lightener is more highly concentrated on the face-framing pieces of the hair, the ends, and the top layer of hair for a more dimensional look.

Do you do roots or ends first for balayage? ›

It's always a good idea to give your roots the most time to absorb color—say about a 20-minute head start from the rest of your hair. After that, you can gently comb the hair color down your hair, adding more color to your mid-lengths and then finally to the ends.

Do you do roots before or after balayage? ›

Before moving forward with the balayage, you first decide to complete a root touchup to cover over that gray, and you use a permanent color. You then proceed with the balayage session. Then, when painting, your application crosses over into the newly-dyed roots. After processing, the result will always be warmth.

How much do you tip a hair stylist? ›

Most of these experts suggest leaving 15% to 20%, depending on the service and your satisfaction. Going with 20% is nice for the stylist and you because that math is pretty simple. To find 20%, start by finding 10%, then double that amount.

Is balayage good for GREY hair? ›

Can balayage cover grey hair? This question is asked a lot, as many people are interested in whether they can get a balayage to cover grey hair or grey roots as they age. And the good news is, yes, you can! Balayage is a great solution to dealing with grey strands and making your hair look youthful again.

How many hours does a full balayage take? ›

A full Balayage takes 1.5 – 3 hours on average to finish. Since the technique is applied by hand and no two Balayages are the same, the amount of time can vary greatly. Longer and thicker hair will take longer.

How much do you tip for a full balayage? ›

Remember the golden rule: "You should tip 20 percent on the entire service cost, not per individual," says Schweitzer. So if your haircut and blow-dry cost $40 total, and your color was $60, your total service cost comes to $100. That means you should tip $20 divided between the colorist and stylist.

Does a balayage come with a haircut? ›

It does not include toner or a haircut.

What are the disadvantages of Balayage hair color? ›

  • If your toner fades, the color may become more orange.
  • It may take a few times to get your highlights as light as you'd like them.
  • Any type of bleach in your hair can be damaging.
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How often should you get a new balayage? ›

How long does balayage last for? Because balayage highlights require less maintenance than traditional hair color, it's not necessary to go for touch-ups every month or 6 weeks. Depending on the style you go for, you can usually wait up to 4 months in between salon appointments.

What is a less expensive alternative to balayage? ›

However, highlights are a lot less expensive than balayages. (One point for the highlight team!) A partial highlight is one of the most common highlight services, and it's generally priced between the cost of a base touch up and the cost of a full color; which is usually less than $100. Blonde balayage by Kasey!

Do they bleach your hair for balayage? ›

As with all highlighting techniques, balayage requires lightening — and that means you'll need to have your hair bleached. Bleaching your hair can cause damage, so it's important to make sure you take care of your strands pre- and post-balayage, not only to make the color last but to keep your hair healthy.

What happens if I wash my hair after a balayage? ›

You shouldn't have to wash your hair right away when you get home. However, if for some reason you need to have a shower straight away, don't panic – washing it immediately won't make any difference in terms of the colour vibrancy.

Should I use purple shampoo on my balayage? ›

If you've got platinum blonde hair, balayage blonde, caramel blonde, brunette with blonde highlights, ombre blonde, even silvery or gray hair; you need to be using purple shampoo. There's a simple reason why: blonde hair tends to turn yellow and brassy over time for a plethora of reasons.

Is balayage out of style 2023? ›

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On the fully-warm spectrum, colorist and IGK co-founder Chase Kusero expects 2023 to hold an evolution of the bright, summery balayages so popular this year.

Why is my balayage fading so quickly? ›

A common reason behind fast-fading hair color is insufficient processing time, meaning the hair color did not stay on long enough. This especially holds true if you or your client have grey hair. Grey hair cuticles are tightly packed down and take longer to open and absorb artificial hair color molecules.

How many sessions does balayage take? ›

Depending on your desired results and the current color and condition of your mane, your balayage can take anywhere from one to three appointments.

How do I keep my hair healthy after balayage? ›

Ideally, you shouldn't wash your balayage hair more than 2 or 3 times per week. And remember to follow up with conditioner after every shampoo to keep your hair healthy.

What is a reverse balayage? ›

Balayage involves lightening your strands, which means your colorist will need to use bleach in order to highlight your hair. Reverse balayage is all about creating depth and dimension throughout your hair by painting darker strands and creating lowlights.

Do your roots get dyed in a balayage? ›

To create a balayage effect, take care not to apply any of the lighter blonde colour to the roots as the roots must stay dark in order to create the full balayage effect. Apply the dye only to the lengths, in the areas that you want to lighten.

When can I start using purple shampoo after balayage? ›

Even if you don't see it, from the first wash, color-treated and highlighted/toned hair begins to lose the toning pigments applied during the salon visit. Therefore, to keep blonde always looking salon fresh, it's best to introduce Violet Crush Purple Shampoo from the first wash after a salon color application.

How do you hydrate your hair after balayage? ›

Tips to hydrate
  1. Olive oil. A few drops of olive oil can go a long way to give your hair some life. ...
  2. Coconut oil. Coconut oil can also work to seal your hair and prevent protein loss. ...
  3. Argan oil. ...
  4. Almond oil. ...
  5. Use sun protection. ...
  6. DIY hair masks. ...
  7. Rice water rinse. ...
  8. Leave-in conditioner.
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Can you go back to natural hair after balayage? ›

"The best way to grow out your natural color, especially coming from a highlight or balayage look, is to have your colorist gloss down your hair back to the natural level of the roots to allow the natural root to blend as it grows," says IGK Hair Care founder Chase Kusero.

Which is better for hair highlights or balayage? ›

"Highlights are often placed much closer to the scalp and applied in specific sections while the balayage process includes a graduated painting the color onto the hair in random sections," says Rivera. If you are looking to add non-uniform chunks or sweeps of color, balayage is a better option.

Do you use purple or blue for balayage? ›

Therefore, brunettes who have highlights, balayage, ombre, foils, streaks, all-over lightened or any other element of hair lightening, you need blue shampoo to neutralise brassy tones.

Is balayage more expensive than full head? ›

Is balayage more expensive than highlights? While prices vary from salon to salon, balayage is typically more expensive than highlights. Balayage can create a total hair transformation, but highlights just add a pop of color and dimension to your mane, which requires much less time, training, and dye.

What balayage colors are easiest to maintain? ›

I would personally recommend you go for a balayage that doesn't need a lot of maintenance, such as brown or light brown. For example, if your hair is the shade 1 or 2 (black or dark brown), it is best to get a 4 or 5 shade (brown) balayage.

Is balayage classy? ›

The balayage hair dyeing technique is beloved by many ladies for the classy and trendy look it creates. So, if you want to freshen up your look, this delicate bronze balayage will do the trick! 16. Stunning Beige Blonde Balayage.

Is it hard to keep up with balayage? ›

Balayage hair is relatively low maintenance because the technique doesn't interact with your roots. Once applied, the colouring will remain in your hair without frequent follow-up visits to the salon.

What is balayage and how long does it last? ›

Balayage hair can last up to 4 months with proper care.

Developed in the 1970s by French hair colourists, balayage is a highlighting technique that involves the freehand “sweeping” of colours down the hair (“balayer” is the French verb for “to sweep”, hence the name). No foils involved.

What is the difference between highlights and balayage? ›

Difference between highlights/balayage? The difference between highlights and balayage is that highlights almost always use foils whereas balayage is more of a visual hand-painted technique. Balayage will always give a more subtle result than traditional highlights.

Is balayage better than highlights? ›

Is balayage better than highlights? Whether or not balayage is better than highlights depends on your personal preference. They're both great ways to update your look and add dimension and movement to your color. If you're looking for the lowest maintenance option, go with balayage.

Is balayage more expensive than highlights? ›

How much does balayage cost? Because it's so time-consuming to complete, balayage tends to be one of the priciest forms of hair coloring. While highlighting may only cost $150, expect to pay about $200 on average, for balayage. Snag a service for less with one of our deals for balayage near you.

Do they dye all your hair with balayage? ›

Because it uses a freehand painting technique, the results are less predictable than other methods and therefore less “spot on”, giving your hair a more natural look. The process for balayage is similar to that of foil highlights, except the color is painted all over the hair, rather than just on the top.

Do they dye your hair with balayage? ›

With balayage, strands are sparingly painted, and those that are dyed blend up higher into the hair. Balayage offers lightness with a softer, more blended appearance. The technique mimics what might happen to your hair if it were to lighten naturally with the sun, and there's "no line of demarcation ...

Is balayage better than highlights for graying hair? ›

When it comes to gray coverage, balayage and foilyage have several benefits over traditional highlights. Favoring a balayage technique for gray blending services allows you to cover a larger surface area and avoid leaving out as much hair. Doing so leaves the client with a natural and youthful look.

How long does a full head of balayage take? ›

A full Balayage takes 1.5 – 3 hours on average to finish. Since the technique is applied by hand and no two Balayages are the same, the amount of time can vary greatly. Longer and thicker hair will take longer.

How often should you get a balayage? ›

Balayage. Hair grows fast — about an inch per month. So techniques, like balayage, which involve hand painting the hair and not going all the way to your roots, help you to get a gorgeous look with less maintenance. In general, we recommend scheduling a balayage touch up every 12-14 weeks.


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