For 2018, the hair trend is getting flip-reversed with the introduction of a new, summer-ready technique: reverse balayage. You can already guess how it works. Instead of dark roots fading into lighter ends, the light shade is focused at the roots, while a scattering of warmer lowlights is painted through the ends of the hair.
The beauty of traditional balayage is that it creates a super-subtle sun-kissed look, relying on freehand sweeps of light color without the need or use of foils. Reverse balayage still creates an effortless, free-flowing fade of color, but the shade on the tint brush is decidedly deeper, giving the illusion of thicker hair.
Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional color because it grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.
If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible investing in some good quality color care styling products to keep your color looking fresh for longer. We suggest the Moroccanoil Color Complete Collection.
Balayage is quite different from traditional highlights because no foil is used and the color is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripy color after a visit to Salon Serenity Spa, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colors – especially if you’re going blonder.
The color created is totally bespoke or made to order to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face.
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint, the technique involves painting highlights freehand, in order to create soft graduation of effortlessly sun-kissed blonde. A free-hand lightener, like Wella Professionals’ unique Free Lights formula, is stroked through random sections of the hair, without foils, to appear completely seamless. The freehand hair coloring technique gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.
Balayage allows for sun-kissed natural-looking hair color, similar to what nature gives us as children, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the color.
It’s a great method if you want to refresh your color but doesn’t want to go for a bold color overhaul.
When you ask for balayage at Salon Serenity Spa in Wake Forest, North Raleigh NC, your colorist will find the best shade to suit your base color, often pairing brunettes with warm honey hues, and adding bright gold strands to blonder tones. The result? A low-maintenance look that features darker roots and lighter ends, as if you’ve tied your beach hair into a pony and let the sun brighten the tips.
Best of all, balayage will flatter almost any length of hair, whether you’re flaunting a floaty waist-length style, or boasting a blunt, chin-skimming bob.
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It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly the color will still work well and look great. Balayage works for all colors but the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair it will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want a full coverage for grey it might not be the right choice for you.
Balayage works on all hair lengths except on very short or cropped hair
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Balayage creates a totally made to order, personalized color finish. Healthy, natural-looking hair will always be ‘in’ which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the color effect that makes this such a popular color choice.
As for how to wear the look, both balayage and reverse balayage pairs nicely with a soft, beachy wave.
Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of color and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless color finish.
Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with color starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre color is a more noticeable, statement look compared to Balayage. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about