Everything you need to know about Balayage

Have you noticed some natural looking hair highlights around the streets of Perth lately? Perhaps you’ve been meaning to ask your hairdresser at your next hair salon visit how to create natural looking highlights?

Balayage might be the answer!


What Balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint” and in case you were wondering it is pronounced “baa – lee – ahge.” Therefore, the word refers to the way it is applied onto the hair. The colour is applied with free hand strokes to create a more natural effect. This means the colour looks less stripy than highlights, as it is blended into the hair while adding dimension and brightness, keeping it looking natural.

It is common for people to confuse Balayage and Ombre. Ombre is a two-toned look that is darker at the roots, fading to lighter at the ends. Ombre coloured hair can often be detected with quite a stark difference in tone from top to bottom.


How do I know I suit Balayage?

Balayage is a great way to have a hair glow up and it can work for both dark and light hair and anything in between. We normally recommend the Balayage technique for those who haven’t dyed their hair before as it is a good transition to foils. It’s a style that is versatile and can be as subtle or dramatic as you choose. In order to determine if Balayage would be a good suit for you and your hair goals we recommend that you book a consultation with us. When you book in for an appointment to our hair salon, in Applecross, we will be able to access your hair based on its tone as well as your skin tone and recommend the best option.


How to care for your new balayage?

There is no better feeling than leaving the hair salon with a fresh colour and checking it out in every reflection you pass. Been there, done that! The post salon glow doesn’t have to end the day after getting it done. So we have collated a few tips on how to have a long lasting Balayage glow after leaving the hair salon:

  1. Avoid washing your hair every day. Instead, use a mild shampoo every 2-3 days and a good conditioner after every wash.
  2. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for colour-treated hair. This will help preserve the vibrancy of your colour.
  3. After washing your hair, use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair looking soft and hydrated.
  4. Get your hair touched up. Visiting the hair salon every 3 or 4 months will keep your Balayage looking fresh.
  5. Avoid getting your Balayage wet in swimming pools that contain chlorine. It can make your hair dry and brittle by stripping away its natural oils. We aren’t saying to avoid swimming. Using a swim cap can reduce the risk of your hair becoming damaged from the Chlorine.

Is Balayage hair just a trend?

Yes, many hair trends come and go, however, we predict balayage is here to stay. Since the colouring technique has been around for so long since its inception in the 90’s, we don’t see the natural, sun-kissed highlighted look going out of style. Trends may change from how heavy the gradation is from dark to light, how subtle these highlights are, and how warm or cool the overall effect is, however, the depth and dimension achieved with balayage hair is timeless. Cara Deleven was rocking Balayage back in 2010 with her tonal highlights adding depth and contrast. Fast forward to now… Beyonce is still rocking the front framing in 2023. So confirming the trend is here to stick around!

We know you’ve been thinking about your next appointment with the hairdresser otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog! Book your appointment with Mane Societe, in Applecross and prepare to turn some heads when you are seen strutting your stuff in Perth.

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