Brighten up your look with a visit to Sleek Salon & Spa. We’re pleased to be the salon of choice for balayage in Chesapeake, VA. As part of our coloring services, our stylists are pleased to offer this popular highlight style. Contact us to book your appointment and schedule your style transformation.
What Makes Balayage Different?
“Balayage” comes from the French word for “sweeping,” referring to how the highlights appear to be swept in for a soft, sun-kissed look. While it is especially popular for blondes, the technique produces great results for all hair colors. Various application methods exist, so our stylist can customize the technique to achieve your specific goals.
Beyond aesthetics, a key advantage of balayage is that it typically looks more natural when grown out compared to traditional highlighting. You won’t need frequent root touch-ups to maintain a style you’re proud to show off. Since the lightening effect is just a few shades lighter than your base colors, it’s a great way to give your locks greater depth and brighten up your hair without radically altering your style.
When doing balayage, you have the option of getting a “full” look all throughout your hair or going for a “partial” or “mini” look. Learn more about your options by consulting our stylists.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is balayage?
Balayage is a hair coloring technique that involves painting or sweeping the hair with color, typically a lighter shade than the base color, to create a natural, sun-kissed effect. Unlike traditional hair coloring methods, which involve applying color from the roots to the tips, balayage creates a more graduated and natural-looking result.
Balayage can be used on any hair length or texture, and the results can range from subtle and natural to bold and dramatic, depending on the desired effect. Because the color is applied more naturally and graduated, balayage requires less maintenance than traditional hair coloring methods and can go longer between touch-ups.
What do you need to know before getting a balayage treatment?
There are a few things that you should know before getting balayage hair coloring:
- Find a Skilled & Experienced Stylist – Balayage requires a skilled hand and an eye for detail. It is essential to find a stylist who has experience with the technique and can create the look you want.
- Consider Your Hair Color & Texture – Balayage can be done on any hair color or texture, but the results will vary depending on your natural hair color and texture. Your stylist can help you choose the best shades and application techniques to achieve your desired look.
- Discuss Your Desired Outcome – Before getting balayage, discussing your desired outcome with your stylist is important. Balayage can be subtle or bold, with a wide range of color options. So, be clear about what you want and ask for their advice and recommendations.
Is balayage difficult to maintain?
Balayage can be easier to maintain than traditional hair coloring methods, but it still requires some upkeep to keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant. Here are some tips for maintaining your balayage:
- Use a Color-Safe Shampoo
- Protect Your Hair from Heat
- Schedule Regular Touch-Ups
- Consider a Toner
- Protect Your Hair from the Sun
What’s the difference between traditional highlights and balayage?
Both traditional highlights and balayage are ways to brighten up your hair color and refresh your look. However, the process and results vary widely. Traditional highlights utilize aluminum foil to section out and saturate stands of hair. The look achieved features bigger areas of lighter coloring and looks more structured overall.
Balayage, in contrast, creates a more subtle effect with thinner streaks and a more dimensional appearance. It’s done from root to tip with a gradient that becomes brighter towards the end. Rather than aluminum foil, the lightener is painted on. Overall, it looks more natural, and you won’t need as many touch-ups compared to traditional highlights.
Why is balayage so popular recently?
Balayage first made waves in the United States in the 90s, with celebrities as early adopters. Since then, it’s become more popular year after year, and picture-focused social media has only increased its desirability.
While balayage might be especially trendy now, it’s a style that is unlikely to ever go out of fashion. The results are gorgeous, and the upkeep is minimal compared to other ways of brightening your hair. Plus, there is a diverse color palette to choose from, so it is suitable for all hair colors and can be adjusted to suit your personal style.
Do I need to have long hair to have balayage?
No, you do not need to have long hair to have balayage. Balayage is a hair coloring technique that can be applied to various hair lengths, including short, medium, and long hair. The technique involves hand-painting highlights onto the hair to create a natural, sun-kissed look. Whether you have short pixie hair or long flowing locks, balayage can be customized to suit your desired style and hair length.
How long does balayage last?
Balayage hair will typically last between 3 to 4 months with proper care and maintenance. Factors such as hair type, color, and individual hair growth patterns can affect the longevity of balayage. Proper care and maintenance for balayage include the following tips:
- Limit Washing – Ideally, avoid washing your balayage hair more than 2 or 3 times per week to prevent color fading.
- Use Color-Safe Products – You should use color-safe shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for colored hair to maintain the vibrancy of your balayage.
- Coldwater Rinses – Rinse your hair with cool water after washing to help seal the cuticle and prevent color from rinsing out.
- Deep Conditioning – Regularly use deep conditioning treatments to keep your balayage hair healthy and moisturized.
- Minimize Heat Styling – Reduce the use of heat styling tools and, when necessary, use heat protectant products to shield your hair from damage.
- Hair Glossing – Consider getting hair glossing or glaze treatments every few weeks to refresh faded ends and add smoothness and shine.