Hair coloring

Balayage Vs Traditional Highlights

What in the world is all this talk about balayage highlights?  We’ve been seeing words on social media platforms like ombre, sombre, and baby lights.  This can get confusing and often times misunderstood. So what exactly is it and why do we love it so much? How do I know if this is for me? Let’s clear some things up.

Balayage has been around for quite some time now but it’s one of the most requested services in the salon today. Balayage is a french word meaning “to sweep”.  Balayage is a technique for highlighting the hair in which the color is painted on to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. If you can imagine what your hair looks like in the natural sun, lighter around the face and softer and lighter towards the ends. Most time the guest can keep their natural hair color and add soft balayage highlights for a much easier grow out.  Your stylist may use a variety of techniques to create the look you are going for. Your hair may be teased at the roots which allows a softer blend. Initially you may spend a more up front for this service, as it is an advanced technique, however you won’t need to be returning to the salon as often. Celebrities across the board are having this technique done from Jessica Biel to Blake Lively.   

A traditional foil highlight is done roots to ends. The look can be a more bold effect or piecier look. A traditional foil is a more pattern-based result. Another reason some people choose to stick with a traditional foil is you often times may be able to achieve a lighter shade.  Another reason a guest may choose this method is if you’re looking for more contrast with both high and lowlights.

Hopefully this gave you some insight into the world of balayage and traditional foil highlights.  If you’re unsure you can always schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained hair stylists.

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