BALAYAGE: The Breakdown

There's no denying the amount of confusion that revolves around the word 'Balayage'. What the heck is it? Why do I need it? Am I asking for haircolor or a meat-based pasta dish? 

Even I was baffled the first time I heard the term. Let me rephrase, the first time a client tried spelling the word to me over the phone instead of just butchering it like a normal person. Sorry, not sorry. 

So like any level-headed millennial, I turned to google for the answer. Luckily, you guys have me to break it down for you. 

How to ask for it?

Let's start with the pronunciation; BAH-LEE-AHGE. Yeah, it's a doozy but you can thank the French for that. At least now we all sound smarter for it. 

What am I asking for?

Balayage is a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. Think subtle, face-framing or even sun-kissed highlights.

Why would I want it?

From application, to saturation and processing – this technique goes beyond the tradition foil enabling the colorist to completely customize each and every look to fit the individual client's needs.

With strategic placement of lighter and darker tones, the colorist has the ability to highlight and contour to create a natural-looking effect, that will grow out beautifully without the clear regrowth line from a traditional foil highlight. 

What to expect when booking.

From previous color, to hair type and length, every client that comes through our doors is entirely different. Which is exactly why we provide our clients and stylists the opportunity to consult first and foremost. We believe having that one-on-one with our client's before the color service is even scheduled is essential when it comes to such a customizable technique as Balayage. 

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Still on the fence? Leave your questions in the comments section below! And don't forget to check out the Gallery for some of our Balayage Bests. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some entirely-too-hard-to-pronounce pasta to order. Until next time. 

-xo