3 Balayage Techniques You Need to Know

3 Balayage Techniques You Need to Know

The modern balayage that we all know and love has been around for longer than most people think, first hitting the salons of Paris in 1970. But, the style we have today isn’t quite the same as five decades ago. While the end result is almost identical, the technique of weaving colour into hair has changed quite a lot over the years; we definitely don’t use 1,000 feet of cotton everytime colour hair now!

If you’re thinking of getting balayage hair in 2021, there are a lot of different ways your stylist can achieve your dream look. Take a peep at the different options to see which is best for you.

Freehand Balayage

For a real, traditional balayage, freehand is the only technique that will work. The whole idea behind balayage is to apply colour by hand, sweeping it up the hair to get that beautifully blended look. Back in the 70s, this was the only way that stylists were doing it, and it’s still the main method used today.

Freehand balayage gives your stylist complete control over your look, letting them apply colour in all the right places to highlight your features and enhance your beauty. It also lets them create a seamless blend easily, giving you a professional finish. But, it can take some time when it’s done properly. If you’re in a rush and don’t fancy spending hours and hours in the salon chair, take a look at one of the other options for a quicker style.

Balayage Using Foils

A balayage that uses foils isn’t technically a true balayage, but with an expert stylist the end look will be exactly the same. The colour will still be applied freehand to the hair, but rather than letting it dry as it is, your stylist will wrap your strands in foil. The purpose of this is to speed up the colouring process and create a more intense result. If it’s a bright, vivid colour you want, this could be the option for you!

Backcombing Balayage Technique

If you ask your stylist for a very fine balayage, this is a great method to go for. Again, it’s not a real balayage (it’s actually called shatush) but it gets pretty much the same results! The only difference is that your new colour will be more blended with your base colour, creating a subtler, more natural look.

The shatush method works by backcombing sections of your hair before colour is applied. This lifts some of the hair out of the way when colouring, creating that fine, seamless blend. The results are really beautiful and it’s one of the most low-maintenance looks out there.

Get Your Dream Hair in 2021

We absolutely love balayage at Paollo Sagerah, and if you’re thinking about choosing it for your next style, we say go for it! Just make sure that you have a trusted stylist to work with as the look can be tricky to achieve.

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