• Bobbi Larmer

Balayage Vs. Her Friends

Clients come in being like:

"Can I get a Boilyage"

"Can I get a Balayage"

"Can I get a Booleyage"

"Can I get a Boileyaegee"

Say it with me: "Can I get a BAH-LEE-AHHJ"

No matter how you say it there is only room in this world for one word close to Balayage so we stylists- always know what you mean when you say it! Its French for "sweeping." Picture your stylist painting your hair with sweeping motions. 

What is Balayage?


Balayage is basically the baby that Ombre and the word "Natural" had and has been becoming more and more popular over the past few years. Balayage is a very natural looking ombre or highlight. It is one of the most requested services at salons around the world because it is gorgeous and it allows for a very natural low maintenance grow out. Whether you just left the salon or its 3 months down the road, your hair doesn't look like you need to be back at the salon touching up the roots. Balayage is a great way to add depth and dimension.  

So you think you want Balayage? Heck yes, but maybe what you have in mind is actually something else. A consult with your stylist and browsing through Pinterest will help you decide which service and look is the best for you. 

What is the difference between Balayage, Highlights, Ombre, Babylights, and Sombre?


This is Balayage:

Brightness is focused on mid shaft and ends. The root area already looks lived in for a smooth grow out with no harsh lines.


Photo Courtesy of Glamour.com

These are Highlights:

This is a highlight. Highlights start at your outgrowth and can be altered to create the perfect look varying from client to client. This particular photo is a chunkier highlight with lowlights to create dimension. Highlight trends in the 90's were very chunky (chunkier than this) and I'm sure will make a comeback. Trends always circle back around. Highlights can also be weaved very thin to create a more blended look.. which brings me to..

Photo Courtesy of HottestHaircuts.com


These are Babylights:

Babylights is a super fine foiling to create an overall brighter look while keeping it looking very blended with minimal dimension. Babylights are becoming more and more popular!

Photo Courtesy of WellaProfessionals.com

This is a Balayage-Babylight:

Woah! So beautiful.


This is Ombre:

Ombre gradually gets darker from roots to ends but is more of a solid transition, being a little less natural looking than Balayage. Ombre is perfect for someone looking for a more bold look!

Photo Courtesy of EazyGlam.com

This is Sombre:

A softer blended version Ombre. Absolutely stunning!

Photo Courtesy of DrumsofThunder.org

So many variations right? How will you ever choose?! You can be like me and change your hair every 3 months and try it all!

How to Take Care of your Balayage:


Balayage doesn't necessarily have to be blonde. It is lighter pieces that are mainly on the mid shaft and ends of the hair and strategically naturally placed in some areas near the root but most of the root area is untouched. If you are a blonde balayage'd kinda gal then you want to use a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner on most days and once a week use a purple shampoo and conditioner to keep your blonde from fading brassy. Please make sure to always purchase products from your stylist and not from the drugstore or online. These are not reputable places and you could not even be getting the real deal inside those bottles. Using a leave in conditioner is always a good idea for blondes! If you have darker or colored hair you can use any sulfate free shampoo, conditioner, and deep condition once a week. Balayage looks amazing styled with waves or curls so pick up a beach wave spray to enhance the beachy look. 


How do I style Balayage? Can I still wear my hair curly or straight?


Heck yes you can! Balayage will look fabulous no matter what style you want to rock!

Who is a Good Fit for Balayage?

Pretty much everyone can get Balayage and it will compliment their look. Short hair, long hair, medium hair, curly hair, straight hair, dark hair, light hair, you name it! 

Different types of Balayage:


Here are a few variations of Balayage..


Pictures Courtesy of Pinterest


There you have it!


I hope this helped clear up some questions you had about lightening services and which one might be the right fit for you!


Xoxo


-Balayage and her friends


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