Balayage Hair Coloring Facts and Ideas

Perhaps you’ve heard balayage hair coloring being called ‘hair painting’ or ‘hair sweeping’ and that’s exactly what it is. Balayage is an alternative to using foils, instead it’s a freehand technique that allows the stylist to acheive a natural sun kissed look. Traditionally the technique was used for natural blonde highlights on blonde hair it actually works well on brunettes, red heads and to help cover up those pesky grays. Balayage is a great way to give your hair dimension with both vibrant highlights and lowlights. Here we answer some of the most common questions of balayage hair color.


Balayage hair color technique.

What is Balayage?

Balayage was developed in the 1970’s in France (ohlala) and it is a freehand hair coloring technique where the stylist ‘sweeps’ hair dye into a few strands or chunks at a time, depending on the desired look. This is different from foils where you take a section of the hair and fold it into square pieces of foil.

Why do People Want Balayage?

There are a few reasons women find balayage appealing. Balayage is versatile and you can achieve a very natural and soft look or a punk rock and dramatic hair color. Another great thing about balayage is the fact you don’t have to go to the salon every few weeks for touch ups because it doesn’t have defined sections like foils so it doesn’t show the regrowth.


Balayage hair color for brunettes.

Who is Balayage Best For?

Balayage is great for women who:

  • Have natural hair
  • Want subtle and natural looking highlights
  • Short hair (male and female)
  • Roots that is hard to dye with foils
  • Curly/wavy hair textures

Your stylist should be able to recommend the best method for your hair and the look you are trying to achieve. For example, a straight blunt bob looks better with one color but wavy and flowing hairstyles benefit from the dimension balayage gives your hair. In general balayage is a great option that is cost effective and gives women a very natural look.


Natural highlights with balayage hair coloring.

Why has Balayage made a come back?

Balayage was a trendy hair coloring technique in the 1980s but in the past 5 years it has made a serious return with the popular darker-lighter or ombre hair colors. Celebs like Lauren Conrad, Julia Roberts, and Erin Wasson and the popular ombre look have showed us the sun kissed hair colors that is achievable with balayage.

A lot of people like to add copper/red glosses to their hair color for a warmer and deeper look and as long as this trend continues so will the balayage hair coloring technique. Of course there are other options to achieve this look without balayage such as different foiling techniques.


Lauren Conrad’s sun kissed balayage hair.

Balayage is a great alternative to foils or cap hair coloring. Your hair stylist has the ability to freely apply the color for a natural look that doesn’t need regular maintenance.