What is something that all these celebrities below have in common? (Except for the fact that they are all thin, beautiful, rich and talented.)
They all have the same type of highlights. These are not typical highlights, done with foil. This is a special process, called balayage, derived from the French word for sweeping. Highlights are swept onto the hair by hand in a free-form sort of way. There is no exact placement with foils. Highlights are concentrated at the ends of the hair rather than at the roots.
So yes, they do have roots. But, they look like summer hair roots. Not a big block of blonde with an inch of black roots.
If that is balayage, then what exactly is ombre? Ombre is where the entire bottom of the hair is a different color, usually a lighter shade than the roots. Ombre is a lot harder to maintain and harder to grow out if you change your mind. However, it does look great on Drew Barrymore.
Balayage gives you sun-kissed natural looking highlights. The color is painted on by hand, weaving the client’s natural color with some lighter spots. There is more of a focus on color near the ends of the hair. Here are two pictures of the process below:
Here’s what balayage works well with:
- Any color hair. You can add lowlights or highlights to darker hair.
- Hair with layers and texture. This disguises where the actual highlights begin.
- Gray hair or gray streaks, because the stylist can paint over the gray areas directly.
- Clients who want a more subtle, natural color.
This color, because it is not focused on the roots, does not expire so fast. It is not as time-sensitive and, quite frankly, as expensive as regular highlights. Clients then can capitalize on their re-growth, making it a featured accent, rather than a trip to the salon every month.
What is the most popular service you do now, compared with 10 years ago?
Balayage. This is a French highlighting technique that creates a softer, natural, sun-kissed effect. This technique is low-maintenance for the guest because the highlights start away from the scalp. People want to look fashionable and feel good about their appearance, but in this day and age we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch-up.
And look, she’s a walking advertisement for balayage.
Sold. See you at the salon.