But even the best tools have a downside. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can post to the Internet which means that not all of the information is 100% accurate.
So many of my guests come to me with the same questions. What is Balayage? Is it better than foiling? They ask these questions with uncertainty because the Internet has been unclear with these terms and what they mean. Today, I would like to take a minute to clarify this for you all...
Let's talk about Balayage!
Balayage is a French word that means "sweeping". Essentially what we do with balayage is free hand painting on the hair. We lightly sweep color onto the surface of carefully chosen sections. A master colorist is able to look at a haircut and see exactly where the color needs to live, and then color only that hair. Balayage, when done correctly, creates a very soft transition from natural to colored hair. Typically, the Balayage technique leaves depth at the base and has tons of dimension.
One misconception about Balayage is that it is synonymous with the term Ombre. This is not the case. The Balayage technique is often used to create an Ombre, however, the Ombre is more descriptive of the finished style while Balayage describes how the Ombre was created. Balayage technique can be used for overall lightening of the hair similar to how we use foils for highlighting as well.
While both techniques can be used to create dimension in the hair, there are many major differences between the two. For starters, with Balayage the color lives only on the surface of the hair, creating the illusion of depth without a starting or ending point. Foil highlights, on the other hand, live throughout the hair using multiple colors (high, low and mid-lights) to create dimension. When we put the the hair in foils, all of the color starts at the same point, right at the base, for a visible starting point.
So which technique is best for you? If you like a softer look with more depth you may consider Balayage, but If you want to be blonde throughout with maybe just a little dimension... foils are the way to go!
Thanks for checking in, comments and questions are welcome!