To Balayage or Not to Balayage?
That is the Question!
Before we dive too deep, let me start by saying balayage is a technique, not a look. It is a French term that means to sweep, or as we interpret, to paint. It is a tailored highlight (yep! Still considered a highlight). I feel this Is a little deceiving for guests. We all see #balayage and automatically assume It’s a look, and I guess in a way, it has become one. But, for all intents and purposes, it is simply a technique meant to achieve a lived-in, sun-kissed, low maintenance, customizable look.
Does this mean that it’s for everyone? Yes! And no … confusing, right? It won’t be after this post. Now that we know what balayage is, we can decide if this is the right service for you. This works the best for someone that doesn’t want extreme lift or contrast in one shot, they are comfortable with a lived-in color, that’s ok with some warmth (no matter how light you are naturally or how light you can get; there will be warmth) and wants low maintenance hair. If this sounds like you, then this is the right service.
If you want, let’s say, half of that; maybe lived in and low maintenance but with some brightness that packs a punch, and little to no warmth, the foils may be the way to go. Not necessarily the classic application, but more of a tailored (there’s that word again) application. Something that mimics balayage but gets your lightness a bit further quicker. We typically refer to this as foilyage. Foilyage can be a mixture of many different types of highlights; slices, weaves, teasy-lights, even baby-lights. It may also require a few extra steps such as a color melt or root smudge (your stylist should explain this to you in your consultation).
So based off what your starting point is and your desired result, either a balayage or a foilyage may be the best fit for you. Both are fantastic options and your stylist will steer you in the best direction for your hair. If your stylist thinks doing these in sessions or in multiple appointments is best, it’s simply because we are looking out for the health of your hair. Our goal as a stylist is to make you look great, feel amazing, keep your hair healthy, and for you to stay informed. Have any more questions about balayage or foilyage, or want to set up an appointment? We would love to hear from you!