If you’ve spent any time on Instagram at all, you’ve seen some of the striking balayage hair color transformations shared by stylists and happy patrons. Learning more about this stunning technique can help you decide if it is right for you.
What is Balayage?
Balayage is a color technique, not a single color or shade; your stylist will carefully hand paint highlights to frame your face and seamlessly transition from one shade to the next. Instead of using the traditional cap or foil, color is applied freehand, giving your stylist a change to highlight your best features.
While you may often see balayage techniques showcasing a change from brown to blonde, dark, colorful or even white highlights can be used to produce the effect.
Successful Balayage Techniques
Since this technique relies heavily on the artistry and experience of the stylist, it is best left to the salon. The balayage expert you choose will use a combination of product savvy, color sense and artistic skill to create a look that is uniquely yours.
Hair that has been previously highlighted or colored can be given a balayage makeover, but it may take longer to achieve the effect you want. In some cases, one or more visits might be needed if you need corrective color before you can get the balayage look you want.
The final look is seamless – no roots or lines showing new growth and you should not be able to pick out where the highlights begin and end in any particular pattern or spot.
Caring for Balayage Treated Hair
Once your balayage treatment is complete, you’ll care for it just like you would any other color treatment. If you swim, wearing a swim cap and carefully shampooing and conditioning after time in the water can maintain the tone of your highlights even in summertime.
This technique requires a balance of skill and science and is not recommended for home use – leave balayage in the hands of the professionals if you want to achieve an Instagram worthy look this summer.
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