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What is Balayage?

Now more than ever, people are trying to look effortless, natural, and glowing. If you are going for this look, you might want to hear about balayage. So, what is balayage? It is a glowy, subtle change of color that makes your hair look like you just got out of the sun. It is similar to highlights and ombre but much more subtle and blended. Find out more about balayage below.

The Process

The process and look aren’t as scary as it sounds. Balayage has been around for some time since the ’70s in France. The word itself means to paint, in French. This makes sense because the way that the process works is that the stylist paints on the dye rather than other more familiar techniques. In the end, you are left with a very subtle and natural vibe.

Your stylist can choose triangle sections to make it well blended and seamless or for darker hair, use some bleach and foils to help lighten the bottom of your hair. The result is a glowing effect. Your finished look can be subtle or bold depending on the look you want to achieve.

The Look

This type of hair dying can look amazing on anyone. It is low maintenance, looks great styled, and also looks good in a messy bun or ponytail. Any color of hair works for balayage as well too. Due to the coloring being natural-looking and well blended, usually, every shade and hue has a subtle color that matches this style well.


Balayage also grows out very well, so you don’t have to worry about having crazy maintenance or upkeep if you do add some glowing color towards your ends. This is an added perk for girls who want to try something new that are first-timers at dying hair. It adds amazing dimension and glowing color that won’t need a lot of attention.

As for any dyed hair, adding in heat protectants to protect from further damage, doing hair treatments, and using the proper shampoos and conditioners is always a good idea to keep your hair healthy and beautiful! If you are adding blonde tones, make sure to use a purple shampoo or conditioner to reduce brassy tones. Try using a leave-in conditioner to make your hair feel hydrated and strong too. The maintenance is easy!

Come to HAIRitage to learn more about new hairstyles today!

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