#90: Very Subtle Balayage
This color job is feminine, subtle and glowing with natural radiance. Bring in photo examples such as this one if you want your stylist to understand what you’re hoping to get out of your salon visit. A picture really does speak a thousand words – especially when it comes to hair colors and styles.
Why Do We Love Balayage?
These highlights are hand-painted with the dye being swept on your hair strategically, and that means that the highlighted areas get a non-uniform distribution of the dye which results in a soft, sun-kissed, and shimmery appearance.
As opposed to standard highlighting methods that use foil or a cap, balayage is strictly freehand where the color is painted on. You can amplify the hue to vary from a soft wash to bright and bold depending on your personal preference. Outside of very short cropped hair, it can work on a variety of hair lengths, textures and colors, making it truly universal and flattering for all women. Most are drawn towards it because the maintenance level is relatively low; many are able to go four months between color treatments.
The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage
Ombre is a darker shade washed to a lighter shade, with no darker pieces at the ends of your hair, whereas balayage is well-blended vertical highlights that let glimpses of a darker shade throughout the length and even at the ends. With ombre the lighter shade is denser and its concentrated mid-shaft to ends. The lighter pieces of balayage are placed strategically, some start higher and closer to the roots, others lower, and some brighten the ends, resulting in a less uniform, less predictable and more natural style.
Balayage Against Traditional Highlights
In this fair battle balayage highlights wins 4:0 because it:
- offers a dimensional, customized look;
- takes less time than foil highlights;
- gives less evident regrowth lines and grows out beautifully;
- turns out cost-efficient in the long run, since you save on regular touch ups.
How to Get a Quality Balayage?
Find a colorist you trust. Google for reputable stylists in your area, check their Instagram accounts and sort out those whose work you really like.
Make balayage inspiration mood board. Save pictures of hair colors that inspire you and may be considered as your future hair color. It’s also useful to pick up pictures with manes that have the same texture as your hair. Balayage works equally great on wavy/curly hair as it does on straight strands, but the placement of highlights and the contrast of hues may vary depending on whether your hair is textured or super straight.
Go for a consultation first. Make sure you are comfortable with your colorist and they understand the result you want to get. Discuss the details of your color, like whether you want a warm, cool or neutral look and where you’d like your lightest highlights. Find out how many sessions you’ll need to achieve the result you want. A reputable colorist will slowly work to your desired color to minimize damage. A good product to use for lightening is Olaplex. It’s mixed with the lightener to reverse the damage that comes from bleaching by repairing the weakened and broken bonds between the hair cells. As a result, the hair looks healthier and feels softer than before bleaching and dyeing. So, you may want to ask whether they use Olaplex and find out about the dyes they work with.
Balayage Maintenance Tips
Once you get your quality balayage, you can either grow it out and cut it off without caring for the color or try to maintain it and enjoy for months, watching as it turns into a beautiful ombre and later into gorgeous sun-kissed tips that are hard to tell from your own unless you were using some unnatural hues. You’d probably go for the latter. So, how to keep the color?
- Use a blue shampoo to prevent your hair from developing brassy tones. If you notice your color fading from sun exposure and heat styling, do glossing every 3-6 weeks to restore the intensity of the hues and shine.
- Apply a color protecting shampoo and conditioner. Stay away from products with sulfates and silicones.
- Try deep conditioning treatments, such as weekly at-home Olaplex Hair Perfector #3.
- Don’t neglect heat protection when styling.
Today balayage is our ultimate hair goal. Only with balayage we can achieve the most bespoke hair colors, fine-tune the palette to brighten up our overall looks and express our individuality. A balayage done by a professional colorist is less damaging than a solid hair color, reqires less maintanence and looks more expensive. These benefits are pretty convincing, but what’s even more is the hair color you see on someone and fall in love with. Today it’s definetely a balayage hair color, dimensional, exquisite and exclusive.