Balayage is all about how the color is applied. The word originates from the french “to sweep”, where lightener is free-hand painted on to the hair and is completely customizable to each individual client. Balayage is often chosen when the client is seeking "natural" or "sun-kissed" highlights. With Balayage the transition between dark and light will be much longer and more natural looking, and all the ends may not be completely treated with color unlike an ombre.
Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights, reflecting the parts of your hair that would naturally lighten in the sun. Since Balayage is hand painted the stylist can choose the best placement to complement your skin, hair and features.
Balayage can be applied to all hair types and lengths to achieve the perfect look.
Hair color is an amazing opportunity to increase shine, refine or enhance your natural color, lighten or darken your hair color or allow you to express your personal esthetic and style through fashion shades.
But when you call to book your color at the salon, what does gloss, glaze, toner or single process mean? Hair color terminology is confusing, so let's break it down.
If you want to alter the lightness or darkness of your hair and/or cover grays, you will be asking for a single process hair color. A single process is typically applied to dry hair at the stylist's chair and your colorist will create a custom color specifically for you based on your skin tone, hair texture, density and your personal hair goals. During a single process your colorist will use permanent or semi-permanent hair color depending on your desired result.
A gloss, glaze or toner are all synonymous terms that refer to a quick application of sheer semi-permanent hair color on wet hair. This typically occurs at the shampoo bowl and is used to refine or enhance your lightened hair or your existing hair color.
If you are interested in lightening your hair color you will typically be considering highlights vs balayage. Both highlights and balayage can be customized to fit your vision and personal sense of style; the main differences are found in application technique.,If "ombré" or "lived in" highlights are what you are seeking, balayage may be for you.
There are many different types of highlights to create the vision you want including, low lights, highlights, baby lights, flash lights and color melting:
Highlighting is usually achieved through the use of lightener applied within foil packets. The lightener is often applied closer to the root and is used to create an all over lightening of the hair rather than the popular "ombré" effect. You can choose to have a full head or partial highlights depending on the look you want to achieve.
Baby lights are very delicate highlights created using a fine color technique to mimic that of naturally highlighted hair from the sun.
Lowlights are applied in the same technique as highlights, but in contrast to highlights they are used to darken pieces of hair to give hair further depth.
Flash lights are smaller sections, (normally consisting of 5-10 foils) of hair that are highlighted often to give depth or a pop of color around your face. Flash highlights are a great alternative on short hair to give balance and dimension.
Color melting is a technique that blends highlights with the base color of your hair so the color blends seamlessly. Multiple colors may be used to create a smooth transition and natural looking color