Balayage has become one of the most requested hairstyles in hair salons over the last two decades. Hairstylists have now perfected the art of balayage and ombre, with some even becoming specialists such as ombre and balayage expert Manchester Melissa Timperley.
What is balyage?
The word “balayage” is a French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint.” The technique is where the dye is hand painted onto the hair to give it a natural, gradual transition with no harsh lines. Balayage uses various tones of light and dark to create multiple dimensions of color, leaving the hair with a blended, natural, sunkissed glow.
What is ombre?
Ombre means “shaded” and it describes a hair colouring technique where a darker base colour is gradually lightened along the lengths, usually starting around mid-way, giving a sunkissed effect. Ombré is a colour technique of seamless graduation from darker to lighter, whereas balayage is a highlighting technique.
How do you maintain balayage hair?
One of the biggest draws to ombre and balayage hair is how fabulous it looks with very little maintenance. It grows out easily and beautifully, without the need for regular salon touch-ups.
Here are my top tips for maintaining balayage hair:
- Protect your hair and use the right hair products to maintain your colour.
- Use sulfate-free shampoos to ensure that the colour is not stripped away, as well as a purple reinforcing shampoo to eliminate any brassy tones.
- Perform a weekly deep moisturising treatment to ensure your colour stays vibrant.
- Balayage doesn’t require frequent salon visits, but it probably needs to be touched up about every four months.
- Heat styling damages the hair and releases the colour, so try and take a break from styling your hair every so often.
- Chlorine is harsh on your hair and strips it of it’s natural oils and colour, so try to avoid getting hair wet when swimming in pools.
- Use a brush that is gentle on your hair, especially as your ends will be more prone to damage after colouring.
Do you have any tips on maintaining balayage hair?