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Thinking of getting a balayage? 3 things you need to know

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Learn all about the trend that is literally ‘sweeping’ Australia and the rest of the world.

Balayage is a colouring technique taking the world by storm. We’ve seen this effortless look on style movers such as Pip Edwards, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba.

Originating in France, balayage is a French word that means to ‘sweep’ or ‘paint’. It creates a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to those gorgeous tones nature gifted us as children. Sounds amazing, right?

What’s even better: balayage allows anyone to have ‘low maintenance' hair because its regrowth lines are softer and less noticeable than traditional highlights. Your stylist will work with your individual cut and natural growth patterns as well as the variance of tones in your hair to create a totally bespoke finish. Gone are the days of immediately worrying about your regrowth — this style growths out beautifully.

So, thinking of taking the plunge with balayage? Here are some of our top tips.

1. Book a consultation.

Create time to meet with your stylist to discuss the look you’re after. Because there are so many variations to balayage, it’s best to bring in your favourite inspiration photos so you and your stylist can review all the best options.

2. Inspo and tones

Work with your stylist to determine what you like most about your inspo photos. From there, your stylist will make recommendations based on your goals and your unique skin tone. Many hairdressers don’t take the time to assist you in choosing tones that are most flattering for you — but this is actually a really important part of the process!

3. Low maintenance colour doesn’t mean zero maintenance.

While balayage does give the gift of stretching your appointments, we do recommend a toner top up and trim every 6–8 weeks. This will keep any brassiness at bay and will ward off split ends to encourage healthy hair growth.

The most common question from our clients is “When do I need to re-do my balayage?”

This is totally a personal preference, but you will start to feel darker around the 12 week mark as your hair grows out. We recommend opting for a balayage refresh service where your stylist will move up your lighter pieces starting at the cheek bone in order to open up your face. 

However, each balayage refresh service is completely unique to you — for example, maybe you just want to add some face framing foils to highlight and brighten the face, or incorporate low lights to give your hair even more dimension.

We asked our Creative Director Maddy Szymanski what she sees to be the big trends for balayage this year.

“Balayage placement is changing. We are starting to see stylists incorporating strategically placed face framing foils to brighten the face. It’s an instant way to refresh your colour with less damage on the hair.

We’re also seeing a move away from ashy, icy colours. Women are embracing warmer tones, which is actually more flattering on most skin tones. Think buttery, creamy vanilla hues and that are bright and flattering.”

With new extended salon hours, snap up an appointment Monday late night or early Saturday morning to refresh your balayage or discuss with your stylist if this trend is for you.

Click here to book online or give us a call on 3358 3778.

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