If you haven’t already heard of balayage for hair then you must’ve been living under a rock ;) The hair colour trend that sashayed into our lives back in the mid-2010s and unlike so many other hair colour trends, has stuck around and become a classic! Think of effortless-looking beachy, sun-kissed hair and you’re probably envisaging one of the many incarnations of a balayage! With so much technical terminology and different names used to describe the different looks, variations and sometimes very subtle differences on the technique, it can all be a little confusing when trying to describe what type of balayage you’re looking for to your hairdresser.
Our Franck Provost hair salons are here to help cut through the jargon with our ultimate guide to balayage!
A freehand technique that allows your hairdresser to personalise their colour work, creating a bespoke colour result on each head of hair that they work on. It’s low maintenance as well which makes it the perfect colour for the busy city girl who can’t get to the salon all the time. The hand-painted technique creates a natural, gradual transition of colour. Balayage uses your hairs natural hair as a lowlight giving the hair a dimensional, natural, warm and sunkissed feel.
Celebrity Classic Balayage Lookout
Mega star actress, film and television producer Julia Roberts has been a big fan of balayage for years now. Here is the perfect example of the warm sunkissed tones of a classic balayage that incorporates her natural hair colour to create depth and dimension.
An ombre hair colour is where all of your hair has a gradual blend from one dark colour at the roots right the way through to a lighter colour on the ends. The mid-section of your hair is where the colour depth starts to subtly change from dark to light giving you an overall dramatic look! The ombre is also customizable in terms of colour choice – blondes, reds and even crazy colours like pinks and blues are an option. An ombre colour grows out fairly naturally as it usually utilises your natural hair colour for the darkest shade at the root area.
Celebrity Ombre Lookout
Drew Barrymore – actress, producer, director and talk show host has been rocking the ombre hair colour for a number of years now – the rich chocolaty brown roots blending through to warm golden blonde in the middle and finally to a beachy vanilla blonde through her ends.
Let’s put an ‘S’ in front of ‘ombre’ and create a whole new colouring technique! The ‘S’ stands for ‘subtle’. It’s the gradual colour blend look that we’re all familiar with but dialled down several notches creating a much softer and warmer look.
Celebrity Sombre Lookout
Hollywood actress Kate Mara is best known for her role in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. Kate loves to experiment with different hair looks. Here she’s showing off a perfect example of a beautiful sombre colour – the muted blend of the auberny brown roots through to the toffee blonde ends.
A balayage technique where your hairdresser will place the sections of hair they have coloured in foils. This technique is particularly useful when working on darker hair or when you’re looking to achieve very light poppy results. Much like with traditional highlights, by insulating the hair inside a foil when lightening your hairdresser can achieve higher levels of lift!
Celebrity Foiliage Lookout
The American model, television personality and entrepreneur Chrissy Teigan has naturally very dark hair. It’s likely that her colourist uses a foiliage technique to achieve such a super-light, clean blonde result and that gorgeous face-frame that really pops against her naturally dark hair.
If you put blonde and brown together what do you get? Bronde! Why be boxed into being either a blonde or a brunette when you can be both? A sultry blend of the 2 colours combined together that can enhance your natural hair colour with depth and warmth. Perfect for darker haired girls that are looking to add some shimmery interest to their locks. However, it’s ultimately flattering on just about everyone!
Celebrity Bronde Lookout
Is she blonde? Is she brunette? Nope, she’s bronde! A-list superstar all-rounder, Jennifer Lopez shows off the perfect example of when blonde meets brunette with this collar-bone length lob that creates a jaw-droppingly stunning overall look!
It’s balayage and it’s small! Minimal amounts of hair picked out for colouring gives you the softest colour results possible. People will really be questioning whether that’s a hair colour or if she has been away on holiday and her hair has been kissed by the sun?! The perfect balayage technique for colour newbies that are just looking to dip their toe into the world of hair colour without the commitment. Ask about our Indian Sun colour contouring technique in-salon.
Celebrity Mini Balayage Lookout
Justin Timberlake’s significant other Jessica Biel is radiating effortless chic with this super subtle mini balayage – the less is more mantra works beautifully at giving the illusion she’s been away on a sunny getaway!
You may have heard of the root stretch or a root shadow hair colour whilst you’ve been sat in the hairdressers. It’s the technique that hairdressers use to transform a very blonde or heavily highlighted head of hair into a more dimensional balayage look! A darker colour is placed over blonde hair at the roots and stretched down creating that stylishly shadowy root.
Celebrity Root Stretch Lookout
Margot Robbie – the Australian 2x Academy Award nominee is an absolute blonde bombshell. Her signature root to tips blonde has been re-worked here into a more lived-in balayage look with the help of a root stretch whilst still keeping that soft blonde money-piece face frame.
Whilst maybe not a direct relative to a balayage it’s definitely balayage’s distant second cousin! Not one for the faint-hearted. The dip-dye is definitely the colour choice of the hair rebels. Hair through the mid-lengths and ends is heavily coloured without the soft gradient effect of an ombre, usually in a super contrasting colour to the roots and often in poppy fashion colours like pinks and blues. There’s no subtlety here with its crisp, blunt distinction between each colour.
Celebrity Dip-Dye Lookout
Our very own homegrown Sydney girl Iggy Azalea – rapper and songwriter decided to mix up her signature all-over blonde coloured tresses a bit with a cute little baby-pink dip-dye through her ends. The final result is altogether really fun!
This is sort of an umbrella term for all things balayage: you may hear this used by your hairdresser to describe any sort of hair colour that is ‘hand-painted’ as opposed to highlighted and placed in foils.
Our hairdressers at Franck Provost are masters in the art of freehand hair colouring and balayage, after all, it was invented in France and Franck Provost was one of its pioneers – it’s how we’ve been colouring for years and years! Our comprehensive in-house colour training focuses on the fundamental French techniques that are renowned the world over. We offer our exclusive Balayage 2 Ors technique which beautifully enhances radiance in all different hair types thanks to a mix of two subtle shades applied in very light touches with a special brush and a combination of freehand and veiling techniques.
See for yourselves with some of our colour work showcased below.
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