There could be a new hair style appearing on the streets soon. It’s been around for quite a while but only in recent years has the balayage style caught on. And as it becomes more popular new styles are sure to pop up.
Balayage is a French word which means ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It’s been around since the 70’s but has only recently crossed the Atlantic when it began to appear on the stars of Hollywood. Instead of regular highlights which are colored through to the roots, balayage is instead painted on to the top layer with a freehand technique. This allows for a lot more control than you would get from normal highlights. The final result is a beautiful contrast that blends nicely together. You’ll get a beautiful sun-kissed look that will have friends thinking you’ve been in the Caribbean for the whole summer.
Why is it so popular?
For one thing, the color styles you can choose from are almost unlimited. Unicorn balayage is just one example but expect to see more. It’s also very low maintenance which is proving a great drawcard for women. Not everyone has time to see a salon every few weeks. The way that it blends together also means you won’t have a clear demarcation line between the colors. This means if let to grow out it will still keep a very natural look that won’t require constant trips to the salon.
How is it done?
This will depend a lot on the length of your hair and the desired result. Most stylists will color individual strands with a brush and backing board. Other employ the hot cross bun technique which divides the hair into sections that are then worked on separately. While seeing a professional hair salon is the best choice if you want it done well, especially if you’ve never dyed your hair before; the DIY option is also there and not really that difficult. For a balayage style in Vancouver, there are some great styles to choose from.
While it can be made to suit almost any hair style it looks best on long flowing hair with loose curls or a beachy, tousled look. For shorter hair, more dye will need to be used to give the right contrast.
As for how long it takes to apply, most stylists can finish a full head in about 45-60 minutes. It’s quite straightforward to apply but requires careful work if you’re doing it yourself. When seeing a salon, you will likely need a minimum of three appointments to build up the color effectively. These appointments will be spaced about six weeks apart. After that, you can go up to four months without needing an update. You will though need to go in for a toner and color treatment between appointments.
This is a style that is constantly evolving and one we can expect to see around for quite a while. As more unique styles are developed expect to see even more varied hairstyles on the streets near you.