What Is Balayage & Will It Work For You?

What is Balayage?

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Balayage is one of our most in-demand colour requests in the salon and is a celebrity favourite that filtered onto the high street some time ago.  Many of our salon guests want to know more about the colouring technique and if it is suitable for them!

Here’s the answers to your questions:

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint.  It is a timeless a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.  A true colour specialist will use colour placement to enhance  your features.

Do I need to visit a professional hair salon to get balayage?

Absolutely, there is no question that this is a specialised hair colouring technique.  Your must find a hairdressers who is an expert in hair colour, they will asses your skin tone, the texture of your hair and understand the features that you wish to enhance.  Balayage is a bespoke colour service that should not be performed at home.

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is applied using a free-hand technique.  Your hairdresser will paint colour on the service of the hair strand with one sweep – this ensure a smooth, seamless blend of hair colour.  There is no foil or meche required.

Will balayage work on my hair type?

Balayage is a colour technique that can be used on all textures and lengths of hair.  Many people think that balayage is only suitable for long hair or for hair that needs to be lightened but this is not the case.  At both our Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton hair salons, we love creating reverse balayage colours and working with reds and coppers.  This technique also works beautifully on all lengths – it’s a stunning way to enhance a fabulous pixie crop.

Is balayage a high maintenance colour?

Typically balayage requires far less attention than regular highlights or a global hair colour would because it has such a natural, effortless finish.  This does mean that you can sometimes wait longer between balayage appointments however, you must remember that to keep those beautiful hues fresh and a perfect tone, you need to visit the salon for a toner and intense treatment in between your main colour appointment.  You should also listen to the advice of your colourist on specific home care products to  prolong your colour and maintain condition.

What is the difference between balayage and ombre?

Balayage is a seamlessly blended look with no lines or contrasts and ombre is very defined with distinct contrast between the roots and tips.  Ombre begins mid-way down the strands.


Would you like to book an appointment with a colour specialist at either our Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton hair salons?  Please contact the reception team.