Advanced Color Technique.
Advanced Color Technique.
Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair color requests in salons today. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair coloring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines. Balayage allows for a 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 don’t want to go for a bold color overhaul.
The depth of balayage can vary so much from a few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular color the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next color appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.
Hair Painting is a huge trend right now with some of the more artistic stylists. With this technique, the hair is painted freely, by hand and usually with an actual paint brush and palette. Hair should be laid flat and is typically separated by plastic wrap. The lightener or color is usually not placed in any specific pattern but where it should be seen. The hard part about hair painting, is the stylist must have a super trained (or natural) eye for this kind of thing. This technique creates natural-looking and softer tones. Plus it is much faster than foils and there is no possibility of lines of demarcation!
Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the coloring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of coloring that hasn’t been widely taught in the USA until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.
Babylights are super subtle and delicate highlights created using a technique that mimics the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. Hence “baby”lights. This look is very natural looking and creates the ultimate sun-kissed expression on the hair. This technique is very similar to highlights, with a touch of balayage. The amount of hair in the foil is the main difference. Babylights require much less hair than traditional highlights. The result is subtle but beautiful and amazing for blonde on blonde dimension!
Foilyage is another new trend similar to the above techniques. The process essentially combines the way balayage is painted and the vibrancy that foils achieves with the color. This technique is essentially the upgraded version on balayage and a saving grace for dark hair since it incorporates foil (meaning you get more lift).