As a balayage specialist, I’m delighted to offer this bespoke treatment option to my clients in Coventry
Known for delivering an enviably natural gradation of colour, balayage is one of the most popular trends in hair colouring and styling.
Despite its popularity, established balayage specialists are hard to find. Having undertaken the Schwarzkopf Balayage intensive course, along with many others, I am pleased to be able to offer this method of hair colouring to my increasing customer base.
If you’re looking for more natural ways to enhance your hair colour or you fancy trying something new, read on to find out a little more about balayage and what it can offer.
What is balayage?
The term ‘balayage’ means ‘to sweep’ in French and is so-called because of the freehand technique used to apply colour to the hair. Unlike more traditional methods of hair colouring, such as foils, balayage requires the stylist to use their creativity to deliver a bespoke look for every client.
Although balayage is synonymous with gradients, natural sun-kissed tresses and subtle framing, it’s a technique that is unique in its versatility. Contrary to popular belief, balayage isn’t a style or particular look. Balayage merely refers to the method that’s used to apply the colour to the hair.
As balayage can be adapted to the individual needs of every client, it offers a stunning and bespoke colour that suits a wide range of styles. Whether you’re aiming for a sun-kissed hint of blonde, a warm copper to add depth to your natural colour or bronze tones to lighten darker tones, I offer professional balayage treatments and styling to clients in and around Coventry, as well as further afield.
Choosing a balayage specialist
While many salons and stylists offer hair colouring services, few are trained in balayage. Even many experienced colourists do not even specialise in balayage hair colouring. When applied correctly, balayage offers an exquisite colour and stunning finish, but it is one of the most complex colouring techniques.
Having undertaken specialist training with Schwarzkopf, I have gained a wide range of experience in balayage application. Using this knowledge, I can offer professional balayage colouring to my client base, as well as using the technique before styling on sets and in studios.
Although balayage requires the colourist to use a freehand application style, there are established techniques which should be used. Typically, a more delecate application is required closer to the roots of the hair, with a fuller colour being applied towards the ends. This mimics the natural colouring of the hair when exposed to the sun and creates a seamless finish.
While established balayage application styles help to ensure a spectacular finish, the true beauty of balayage lies in the versatility of the end result. As a balayage specialist, I enjoy working with clients on a one-to-one basis and finding a palette that works for them. When balayage is used to apply colour, your natural hair growth and hues are enhanced, rather than covered.
Ombre vs Balayage?
Although the terms ‘ombre’ and ‘balayage’ are often used interchangeably, they are two very different things. As you know, balayage is a technique used to apply colour by sweeping or brushing it through the hair. In contrast, ombre typically refers to a gradation of colour from the roots to the tips of your hair.
An ombre style is often darkest at the roots before getting gradually lighter towards the ends. Depending on your personal preference and styling choice, ombre colour can create a rapid gradient from two relatively different colours or a more subtle descent from one shade to another.
While a soft ombre style encompasses a gentle gradient, a harsher ombre look includes a more defined transition through the shades. The dip-dye trend is a classic example of a hard ombre style, while the transition from a deeper shade to a lighter hue showcases the features of a soft ombre look.
The balayage technique is generally used to achieve an ombre look, but this isn’t the only option when it comes to balayage. Many people incorrectly use the term ‘balayage’ to refer to an ombre style but, in reality, balayage is regularly used to achieve a wide range of varying finishes.
What’s more – an experienced balayage specialist can use the technique in conjunction with other methods of hair colouring to create a specific end result. When working with clients, I am open to using varying techniques to deliver the best result. No matter what your perfect style is, I will be on hand to help you achieve it.
The benefits of balayage
Fans of balayage are vocal in their love for the technique because of the benefits it offers. When you book a balayage appointment, you’ll be able to take advantage of a range of benefits, including:
- Softer and more natural colouring
- Faster application times
- Low maintenance
- Features multiple dimensions of colour
- Bespoke application methods
- Less noticeable regrowth
Another advantage of balayage is the impact it has on the health of your hair. I work with clients to ensure their styles and colour encourage healthy growth. Balayage can be a vital tool in the journey to creating healthy hair. As the technique requires substantially less product to be applied during the colouring process, your hair remains healthier and more resilient.
Contact balayage specialist Sian now
With so many benefits associated with balayage, it’s not surprising it’s set to be the top trend for 2020! However, the success of balayage depends on its application and the stylist you choose. With over ten years of hands-on experience and specialist balayage training, I am proud to offer balayage treatments alongside other hair colouring and styling options.
Clients are welcome to travel to me for appointments, but I also offer colour, cutting and styling appointments at your preferred location, with prior arrangement.