YOUR Q&A ROUND WITH HAIR BALAYAGE
What is balayage?
Balayage is a hair color technique where hair color is painted onto the hair. The term comes from the French word "balayer," which means to sweep or “to paint''. This is ideally referred to because of the way the color is applied. It is the most sought out and popular in today's time.
Why is it so popular?
Well of course, looking at the time & effort it takes as compared to other hair color techniques, It has to be one of the most preferred and go to hair color techniques. Also, the free-hand application allows to achieve a graduated, more natural-looking highlight effect giving a modern effect with subtle transitions between the chosen hues. And once you opt for this, then there is no looking back! Trust me.
What about the other hair color techniques?
Well, previously the techniques that were widely used were highlights, ombre, etc. But these took a lot of time, too many aluminums foils wrapped on head, required too much after care, etc. Whereas balayage saves one from all of this. This is just the cherry on the cake. Balayage also gives one of the most natural-looking and glazed effect.
Is this that easy?
Yes! The color is applied free hand, using a brush. Freely as the hairstylist wants to brush up.
Also, the final look is less stripy as compared to highlights but gives the gorgeous fun color you wished for. Balayage gives the pops of brightness and contrast throughout the hair, while still keeping it looking natural.
But aren't highlights the same thing & better?
Many feel that balayage looks like highlights, but hold on till you pass your judgement too. Technically understand the difference as it differs in some key aspects.
While highlights are created by putting sections of hair in foil, balayage is like painting color freehand. This gives balayage more of a natural feel & look as compared to highlights which look more as stripes.
Here, the stylist has a chance to use her creativity as she can freely color your hair as compared to highlights where she has to follow the foil placements.
Okay so what are the different types of balayage?
The classic & evergreen options definitely is the soft blonde and caramel balayage.
Other popular ones are - reverse balayage, smoky gold balayage.
But what's the common thing to look out for is that all balayage is about placement and blending. Having contrast between the light and dark tones is what creates a natural look. It has to blend seamlessly from dark hues to the lightest, leaving the color looking soft & natural.
How much does balayage cost?
The cost obviously depends on many factors such as your hair length, hair type, salon, hair stylist, etc. But on an average to get balayage done it may cost you between the range of 5-10k.
How can I play with it as per my hair texture, look, etc.?
If your hair is flat then you can opt for 3-D balayage technique that adds more dimensions to your hair.
To get the feeling of volume instead of using just one color, use two colors, one lighter shade and the other a shade darker. This will give your hair a thicker look. There is an option for every hair & face texture in balayage
What if my balayage doesn’t look as I wished for?
If your balayage doesn't turn out as you prefer, don’t worry! There are a lot of ways by which this can be corrected. There are a lot of different toning shampoos available, that will tone the hair color to your preference.
How similar & different is balayage from ombre?
The similarity between both balayage & ombre is that both of them are a highlighting technique. And most of the time it's used as an expression to define each other.
But the difference is, ombre is more towards soft gradient look, put up from root to tip from dark to lighter shade respectively. Whereas, balayage is more about covering the complete hair.
Why should I opt for balayage as compared to other techniques.
All techniques come with their own fan base & reasons to opt for. But here we insist you to try balayage this season, for its very own reasons.
To begin with - it Looks so chic & modern. It's trendy and always in fashion. You can find almost every celebrity sporting this look.
Balayage is customizable. It works on any hair type & face type. For every hair texture, face cut, hair length, or skin tone, there is balayage. So you can personalize it as per your need that will enhance your haircut & your natural hair color and play around with the color option. Here there is nothing as a particular shade.
Balayage requires less maintenance as compared to other hair colors. The process is easy & quick. So less time in salon, less money spent & less damage to the hair.
Once done a balayage can stay up to 7 - 8 months, therefore, it requires no frequent touch ups.
Are you ready to get your balayage done?
Firstly, choose the salon. As much as getting the right color is important, getting to the right salon is equally important. Google, do your research and choose the salon that does the best service of hair coloring - and specifically the right hairstylist. Because her past work & her way of work will tell you if you'll have a good experience & get the result that you want.
Secondly, before you start showing off your saved Instagram & Pinterest pictures. Wait! Hold onto your excitement & first listen to what the hairstylist wants to say. This will begin with the hairstylist asking a few questions about your hair & your daily routine, lifestyle, etc. And then in accordance with that she will suggest to you what goes best.
Now after listening to her is your time to tell what you want & what you are hoping for.
Here either she will reason out if it's possible or not and will try to blend in your considerations with what suits you the best.
Does balayage require a lot of after care & maintenance?
Balayage stays for about 8 months, so it doesn't require too much of your time & effort and allows you to be off salon for a long period of time.
As it's more of a natural technique - to keep the color look young you can take care of it at home by following a few basic steps. Just use the shampoo & conditioner prescribed by your hairstylist. And follow the simple rules that you do to take care of your hair in general. Like hair mask once a week, avoid heat styling, etc.
We hope you have found this article helpful & motivational enough to book your appointment for the balayage.
And the cherry on the cake is the New Year - 2022! Don’t you have your new year resolution New Year, New Me.
As we say, we just have one life, let's try it all. So go get you hair “balayaged”