What is Balayage:
The word “balayage” is French and means scanning or sweeping. In hair color,
the term balayage refers to a technique of freehand painting or “sweeping” the
brush across the hair to create a natural highlight effect, rather than using foils
or caps. The balayage technique is not new, it has been done for years, but it
has become increasingly popular in our area recently because more celebrities are wearing this type of highlight.
Benefits for You:
Balayage creates soft, sun-kissed highlights that
look like you spent the summer frolicking on the beach.
Balayage highlights grow out naturally, without developing
a noticeable and obvious re-growth.
Balayage is popular and on trend, so you can stay current without
having too much commitment. The perfect thing about balayage is that it can be
as classic or as trendy as you like. You can do a more subtle effect, or more
obvious effect. You can do balayage with natural colors, or with more extreme
fashion colors. The technique is current, but it can work with your own
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Balayage?
Highlights that are hand-painted onto the hair for a natural-looking,
What is the difference between Balayage and foil highlights?
The biggest difference is the result. Foils offer a more uniform, defined
highlight. With Balayage, highlights are randomly placed for a more
Will Balayage highlights damage my hair?
Not if your stylist is trained in the technique and using the correct
products for the job. L’Oreal Professionnel lightening products are developed
with conditioning agents that leave your hair in great condition.
Balayage looks easy. Can I do it myself?
Although the technique looks very simple when you watch it being done, there
is actually a lot of skill and practice involved in mastering the technique.
Controlling the amount of product used, where to place the product on the
strand, and how to section the hair to get the desired effect out of your
placement are all things that only a trained Balayage stylist should do.
How much maintenance does Balayage require?
It varies by clients but many can go 3-4 months between appointments since
there is no obvious regrowth with Balayage.
Is Balayage just for blondes?
No! Balayage is perfect for brunettes and redheads who want a subtle,
Photos by L'Oreal Professionnel, Balayage Riviera Collection, 2011