Balayage is a Great way to add Some Color
The French word for sweeping is balayage and in the haircare industry, it indicates hair lightener that’s “swept” on for the creation of highlights. It’s a highly artistic technique in which stylists paint in highlights free-hand. It provides soft highlights with gradations for the most natural appearance.
Balayage is a great way to add some color and completely update your look. The effect is less at the crown and very gradually becomes more apparent at the tips, though more dramatic versions can also be created. The celebrity highlighting trend has been seen on Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Brittney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez.
One of the reasons that the technique is so popular is that it’s equally effective for all hair colors. It emulates the look of sun-bleached hair that’s typically associated with the luxury of spending a summer on the beach and brings to mind the youthful color variations found on children.
Balayage can be applied in multiple nuanced ways to accommodate a wide variety of client preferences. Some colorists don’t separate hair strands, while others do divide locks using cotton pieces or foil. It’s a highly customized process that also provides a softer and more subtle look as the hair grows out.
The look is so popular that many companies are now marketing at-home balayage kits. They should be used with caution, particularly people with darker hair shades. It’s easy for the process to go awry if consumers aren’t extremely careful.
In the hands of a professional, balayage is an effective technique for a more youthful look and can be used for a more dramatic effect if desired. It’s easy to maintain, care for, and expands the range of options available for clients of any age and hair color.
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