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5 Balayage Inspiration

Looking for Balayage Inspiration?

Lots of trends come and go in the hairdressing industry but balayage has been around a while and due to its versatility, it is here to stay.

Although Oxford has added the word to
their dictionary, ‘Balayage’ comes from the French language. It means sweeping
which describes the long painting strokes used to apply colour to your hair in
this technique.

This revolutionary colouring technique
was developed in France in the 1970’s using freehand painting instead of the
most commonly utilised foil wraps or highlight caps.

Just like an artist,
stylists paint on the colour with trained strokes that will create a stunning,
natural look for your locks. Balayage technique can be applied to all hair
types from fine to thick to add texture and intensity to your colour. It can be
used on pixie cuts but the best result is on medium to long hair.

Originally, the technique was mainly requested by brunettes but the balayage bug has spread to blondes and redheads. The sun-kissed, effortless effect can give you the “I just stepped off a tropical beach” look.  

Another plus of this colouring technique is that as the colour isn’t applied up to the roots, there is less maintenance. Styling can also be easier as the sweeping highlights already bring flow and texture to your hair.

If you’re looking for blissful balayage inspiration look here are 5 balayage looks you’ll love:

Caramel Balayage

Caramel Balayage

If you have a darker base of natural hair colour to work from, a caramel balayage is an amazing glow to your hair that catches the light as you move. If you style the caramel swept locks with a soft wave or curls, the colour creates a deeper dimension and adds the look of volume at the tips of your hair.

Balayage on Blonde

Blonde Balayage

As we look to warmer weather, blonde is one of the biggest hair colours for the summer months. Balayage on blonde hair can brighten your locks as the weather (hopefully) brightens.

This style has lights through the parting to blend the brightened ends. To knock out any brassy tones, use Joico Blonde Life Violet Shampoo. If you leave the shampoo on for 2-3 minutes after lathering, this will brighten and illuminate your colour.

Natural Blend Balayage

Natural Balayage

Want to lift your natural colour but want to keep the natural

The lights just melt into your natural colour create an
illuminating depth to your hair. Styled straight or wavy this colour the
seamless effect gives your hair a lift that is easy to maintain.

Copper Tones Balayage

Copper Tones Balayage

Whether you’re adding a bright coppery base to darker roots or a scattering of warm red and coppery shades to enhance your fiery red hair, this can be the perfect autumn hair colour.

Copper balayage adds a fun metallic tint to your hair for that will impress. Copper tones can be added to the tips and blended through in strands to add daring vibrancy to brunettes or redheads.

Brown to Blonde

Brown to Blonde

Get a taste of being blonde without the maintenance or the damage of a full bleach blonde. This balayage look makes your locks appear healthy and shiny. The colour melts from dark to light to add volume and get rid of flat-looking hair.  Style with soft curls to enhance the colour and create a touchably soft effortless style.

If you’re looking to transform your look, balayage may be the way to go. We can also refresh any balayage with new colours or tones to give you a fresh style. See more of the team’s Balayage styles on clients here.


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