Balayage has emerged as the most coveted hair look in modern hair salons in the past few years, but the technique itself may have been around for longer. The soft, melting hair color is being projected by hairstyles around the world, making it safe to say that balayage is here to stay.

What Is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word that means to sweep or to paint. The dye is hand-painted to give the hair more depth using various tones of light and dark colors in multiple dimensions. The result? A naturally blended, gradual transition with no harsh lines and a special sun-kissed glow!

Best of all, a balayage is highly customizable based on your hair type and color. You can use it to highlight or detract from features of the face.

Dark roots, lighter ends

The Origin of Balayage

Balayage hair dates back to the 1970s; it was introduced at the Carita Salon in Paris, France, where hairstylists began to use straps of cotton to separate the dyed and undyed hair. But it wasn’t until the 90s that balayage hair came to the United States.

Dyeing Techniques for Balayage

Hair colorists paint the dye directly onto hair strands to create a natural blend. But for a more dramatic transition, they may bleach the bottom half of the hair and dye the top using a lighter shade to achieve a soft, subtle blend between the two.

Maintenance of Balayage Hair

Let’s be honest, you’re going to need a good budget and an expert hair colorist at first, but you need little to no maintenance after the initial visit. Since there are no harsh demarcation lines, a balayage grows out ever so beautifully without any touch-ups. However, you may require a few visits to the salon for building up color as a first-timer because lightening the hair in one sitting may be damaging. Upon achieving the perfect shade, you can go up to four months until your next appointment. But you may visit the colorist for treatment or toner in-between to freshen up the color.

Hair Types for Balayage

The technique is known to work on most hair types and lengths, but you may want to avoid balayage on a pixie cut since there isn’t enough room for creating highlights. But, you can always throw on the Hair Extensions of Houston’s hair extensions for short hair for achieving a gorgeous custom-blended look.

Why Consider Balayage?

Balayage is the perfect cover-up for growing out the old foil highlights, giving the illusion of thicker and fuller hair. It’s one technique that meets you in the middle: it works on all hair types and is easy on the hair in terms of damage.

Ready for your balayage? Head to Hair Extensions of Houston for consultation and salon services. We’re a full-service salon offering hair extension installation, maintenance, coloring, and styling services in Houston, TX. Book an appointment today at our Hair Salon in Spring TX.