Balayage Hair Highlights
Ah, the joie de vivre of living life with beautiful, dimensional hair filled with rich color and just the right amount of highlights. If that sounds delightful, but you aren’t quite there yet, Elena has a secret ingredient to help you find your path forward. Balayage hair highlights are the style secret of the world’s most sought-after celebrities. You’ll find it on runways, in fashion magazines, and in the movies.
The Art of Balayage Hair Highlights
Balayage is a hair coloring technique that involves painting highlights directly onto sections of hair, feathering them in close to the root. This produces a softer, more natural sun-kissed look and/or subtle depth that makes hair really “pop.” Hair blends effortlessly into your natural rootage, too, making the regrowth line far less obvious.
Well-done balayage hair highlights won’t need adjustments for up to three to six months unless your hair is particularly prone to fading. This saves you money on maintenance and helps to limit the amount of damage to your hair over time.
So, Balayage and Ombré Are the Same Thing?
Absolutely not! Ombré, a shadow technique that darkens the hair strategically to blend it in from root to tip, also produces incredible results. But it focuses on depositing darker color at the roots and then blending it downward. Balayage, on the other hand, lifts color instead. Highlighting formulas are applied from the tip, and then feathered towards the root.
Results might seem deceptively similar at first glance, but that’s really only because both techniques blend the hair just under the rootage. Only balayage preserves more of your natural root color, which is the key to masking regrowth. And only balayage has the power to create such a flawless blend – especially if your natural hair is chestnut brown or black.
Thinking of Getting Balayage Hair Highlights?
Ready to see what balayage can do for you? Schedule a free consultation and Elena will help you identify a path to the perfect hair. In the meantime, here's a three-step plan for getting the perfect balayage hair highlights every single time:
If your hair is really dark, you may not get the results you want in a single session. It can take a couple of applications to lift hair to the right level, especially if you want something particularly dramatic – at least if you want to limit damage, anyhow. Not to worry, though; Elena only creates hair journeys that respect both your time and the health of your hair.
GET A FRESH HAIRCUT
Stylists apply balayage to suit your cut, rather than cutting to suit the balayage. If you have balayage now, but take off several inches later, your highlights might not be as suitable. That’s why it’s best to have a fresh cut either just before or during your first highlighting session. Bring in a few pictures of hairstyles you love for best results.
ADD A HAIR GLOSS TREATMENT
You know how balayage hair highlights always look so incredible in magazines and movies? That stems from the fact that most people have a hair gloss treatment directly afterwards. Hair gloss lets each strand reflect more light, making highlights stand out and almost glow. You’ll love how shiny, iridescent, and beautiful your hair looks afterward.