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So You Want Some Balayage?

These days its pretty rare to run into a client that hasn’t heard of the term Balayage, but does everyone really know what it means?

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What is Balayage?

ba·lay·age

balāˈyäZH/

noun

1. a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

Balayage is a technique that’s been around for a while but has been gaining more popularity over the past few years. The term actually comes from the french and refers to “sweeping” which lends itself well to the natural, hand painted, sun-kissed affect achieved with balayage. Today we’re going to give you the low down on balayage and why we love it at TRiM!

WHY IS BALAYAGE GREAT?

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There are so many reasons to love it… Firstly, this technique allows your colour to grow  WITHOUT ROOTS! Imagine that?! That means that Balayage is perfect for people who are busy (who isn’t?), people who are nervous to commit to a big change, people on a budget, and people with damaged hair. Each highlight is hand painted and specifically tailored to each individual’s hair type, length and face shape. How does it differ from traditional highlights you ask? They aren’t brought up all the way to your scalp. Bleach is only applied from the mid-shaft to ends and blended seamlessly throughout the hair, whereas traditional highlights are methodically placed like a pattern on the scalp. This seamless blend allows for you to go longer in between hair colour appointments which in turn saves money, time and less damage on your precious locks.
Win! Win! Win!

WHERE PEOPLE GET CONFUSED

These days our eyes are bombarded with millions of photos of #hairgoals on Instagram and other social media platforms. Sometimes its tricky to decipher what’s real and what’s been filtered or  photo-shopped. Thus we have…UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS *tears* So here’s the deal. Balayage is meant to be subtle and natural looking. Women who have a very noticeable bright Balayage have probably been to a salon 2-3 times for the same treatment. Check out the photo from Guy Tang visually describing the difference after 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions.
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Often clients have unrealistic goals for their first appointment and think that what they see online is what they’ll get, right here right now! What people don’t see online is the hours and hours of work that goes into these looks and that to achieve the bright, noticeable Balayage that everyone wants takes a full day of work with just one client or 2-3 appointments split apart over a few months. The good news is that once you’re there,  you’re there! Minimal upkeep, no roots, natural looking gorgeous healthy hair.