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What Is Balayage Hair? 9 Things You Need To Know Before You Try This Hair Color

Are you ready for one of the fashion trends creeping its way back to popular culture? The Balayage hair is back and here are some things you need to know before getting this hairstyle.

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Things You Should Know About the Balayage Hair

1. What Is a Balayage Hair?

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First of all, let’s look at the etymology of the word. It is a French word that translates to “paint” or “being swept.”

With that in mind, the balayage hairstyle is a freehand style of coloring the hair to give a more blended and naturally dyed look. It gives out a caramel or a “sun-kissed” color most women are getting crazy about.

Apart from that, it will give out multi-tonal colors and multiple dimensions to your hair for a bold and refreshed look.

2. Balayage and Ombré: What Is the Difference?


While you now know what balayage means, ombre, on the other hand, means “shadow.” Ombre is focused more on the color gradation from light to dark.

Ombre, meanwhile though the same as ombre, is a softer version of the latter and is often related to charcoal gray colored hair.

3. How Is It Different From Highlights?


First of all, balayage doesn’t require the usage of foil during treatment commonly used when highlights. The traditional technique is done by section and is focused on the root to tips.

Meanwhile, the newer style is more of a freehand method and is more scattered throughout the hair. However, balayage is more time consuming since the hairdresser will take more time on designing and “painting” the hair.

4. How Long Does It Take to Do a Balayage Hair?


It takes a while to do the process of balayage. However, it depends on the length of your hair and how much you want to apply.

For a concrete example, few highlights will be quicker than a full-on streak which will take up to three hours. But the average time of the whole process goes as long as 90 minutes.


The balayage method has been done for a while now but the gaining popularity of this hair trend can be credited to the influence of some celebrities wearing it when they appear on red carpet events. Some have seen it on Amber Heard, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessica Alba, to name a few.

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6. How to Maintain a Balayage Hair?


Compared to traditional highlights, maintaining a balayage style requires very small attention as the growth of hair wouldn’t affect the highlighted part as much. In addition to that, your hair will grow more beautifully and the presence of regrowth lines will be less noticeable.

It will also last longer than the normal method especially if you wear light tones. At the same time, if its fading and going for a bronzer look, a top-up of gloss or toner can do the trick and bring its glow back.

7. How Long Does It Last?

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The balayage method lasts up to four months or even longer especially when taken care of properly.

8. How Is It Applied?


As mentioned above, it is done in a freehand technique. Balayage is usually applied to the hair strand and can go sometimes in the roots.

Think of it like a painting being done on your hair. This method will ensure the highlights are flawless and look more natural.

9. What Should You Do Before Getting One?


Get an Inspiration

Pick out an inspiration. Instagram or Pinterest is a great medium to look at photos and ideas from your favorite celebrities.

Just keep in mind that if it looks great on them it might not look great on you. Consider your peg’s skin color and see if it matches yours, or at least it’s close as yours.

Consult Your Hairdresser

Not all hair color tones go well with all skin tones. Ask your hairdresser if the inspiration you picked would suit you and if not, consider another option.

Pick Your Salon Well

Check out the previous works of the salon you’re choosing and see if they do their balayage hairs well. It is better to be safe than sorry.

You might be a guinea pig of a salon and do their first balayage on you and might regret it. Make sure you go to your most trusted hairdresser.

After all, it will stick to your hair for months.

Watch this balayage hair tutorial from Lexi Dawn and do it on yourself now:

Now that you’ve learned a few things about the balayage, go ahead and try it for yourself. I’m sure you’ll look great in it!

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