On the one hand, bright hair with colored strands or even iridescent shimmers in the curls are in fashion. On the other hand, the trend for naturalness does not lose momentum – and its followers offer more and more advanced coloring techniques to create a natural effect. Balayage is one of them. In this article, we will tell you what balayage is, as well as demonstrate on the photo how such coloring looks on the hair.
What is balayage?
Balayage is one of the coloring techniques, with the help of which one can achieve the effect of sunburnt hair. Balayage was invented quite a long time ago, in the 70s in France. As for the name “balayage”, it is translated from French as “blowing”: the result after balayage really looks like shimmering colors and light on the surface of the hair under the sun after a light breeze.
To understand what exactly is balayage, you need to understand its differences from the coloring of ombré and shatush.
When coloring ombré creates a soft transition from a darker color at the roots to a lighter color – on the tips. It’s a vertical gradient. In balayage the lighter and darker strands alternate with each other horizontally: somewhere the lighter shade may be higher, somewhere the lower. And this is the difference between balayage and shade. It is also coloring by strands, but they are mostly lightened closer to the tips. When balayage is used, the blond streak can stretch from the roots. Another advantage of balayage is the blurred borders between shades. Ombré and shatouch are characterized by great contrast.
With blond, the result is not too light and not too dark. The result is something between a blonde and a brunette, hence the name “bronze”. In this case a rather dark shade in the base is completed with a lot of light strands with the help of balayage technique. The contrast is stronger than in other variants of balayage, but it still looks harmonious and quite natural. The bronze goes especially well with brown hair.
The strands with a barely noticeable pinkish shade can be an excellent addition to the image in a girl with a beautiful “pure” blonde. The balayage technique will be indispensable when working with this shade as well.
This is another option for shaven-haired girls with a warm undertones of hair. If bronze won’t work because of the contrast, you can choose a softer balayage coloring with caramel strands.
Girls with red hair can also lighten the hair with strands using the technique balayage. The selection of shades depends entirely on the original color. If it is a rather bright red-red color, then it is possible to use a dye of a light copper shade. It will create the desired effect of burned out strands.