All about balayage

In hairdressing terms, balayage is a hair highlighting technique that doesn’t use foils. Instead, your hair colour specialist will paint hair colour directly onto your hair, creating a sun-dyed, blended, seemingly natural colour.

Usually it takes a bit more time than foils because the stylist goes through the hair piece by piece, hand painting the hair in sections to customise the colour.  Balayage can be a bit more expensive than the traditional colouring, but in the end the client finishes with a much more hand coloured, natural looking style.

How long does it last?

Balayage is a longer lasting colouring technique than the usual at home box dye or hair salon colouring treatment. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments, and depending on the style you go for, you can leave up to four months between top-ups.

It is a great solution for grey hair because it allows the colourist to specifically target grey strands without touching the scalp. Balayage is easier on the hair, and because you don’t have to upkeep balayage as much as traditional colouring it’s easier on the health of your hair in the long run.

What is difference between balayage and ombre?

Ombre is more of a gradient colour and can grow out faster, and balayage is usually more vertical with a more blended in grow out period. Ombre is more of a style/trend, balayage is a hair dressing technique. Both are definitely low maintenance.


Is it safe for your hair?

The process can be done without ammonia (bleach), so it’s not much more damaging than other colouring services. It is definitely less damaging than foils. We can also use treatments and bond builders such as Olaplex, which reduce damage and help repair broken bonds.

How long does a it take?

It depends on a few different factors. How long and thick your hair is – and how much balayage you want. A few simple highlights can take up to 45 minutes but a full layered balayage can take around three hours.

Contact us to book in a balayage here.