Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep.” In this hair color technique, highlights are hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair. color and/or lightener is usually painted on, starting midshaft and becoming denser as it moves down the section of hair to the ends. because the color is swept onto the surface of the hair, the effect is a natural sun-kissed glow that is not aBecauses strictly patterned as normal highlights. Lived in Hair Color!
Foils are also used to get a maximum lightening effect, by isolating different strands of hair, maximum contrast between lightened and ordinary hair can be reached. Because the color is swept onto the surface of the hair, the effect is a natural sun-kissed glow. Balayage requires more care and attention from your colorist when painting by hand, which will consequently take more time. If you enjoy your “me” time at the salon and time isn’t an issue, balayage could be the one for you!
With an experienced stylist, you can always get a perfect balayage with foils. We do have to break the news though that this does technically mean it isn’t a balayage, which is meant to be applied freehand in a sweeping motion. But if it looks the same, who are we to say anything? In fact, using foils is becoming a pretty popular method for getting that iconic blended look with ease. It even has its own nickname; foilayage!
Foilayage basically blends the concept of foil highlights and balayage. The colour is still hand painted through your hair, weaving your new colour with your base colour, but your stylist will then wrap the coloured sections in foils. If you’ve ever had highlights added to your hair, this process probably sounds pretty familiar! The only real difference is the placement of the colour which leads to that gorgeously blended balayage. With an experienced colourist, there’s no reason why a natural balayage look can’t be achieved with foils. The only warning is that an inexperienced stylist might not be able to get it right. It’s a tricky look to do, so make sure you find a stylist that’s up to the challenge!
Coloring your hair at home is the biggest mistake you can make. Salon products and home color are completely different formulations – there’s a reason professionals don’t use them. I’ve seen so many examples of people trying to color their hair at home only to have to come to a salon to get the color corrected. If you’re on a budget, there are ways to have low maintenance but beautiful colors, so speak to your stylist before reaching for an at-home color kit.
The six to eight-week rule stands for everyone, regardless of your hair type. Having a regular cut will keep your ends strong and healthy, resulting in thicker and better hair. Un-trimmed and uncared-for hair is more at risk of breakage, so in the long-run you’ll need to cut more off than if you had regular trims.