FIND A SALON NEAR YOU
Discover your nearest L'Oréal Professionnel salon and secure your balayage service todayFIND A SALON
Discover Balayage hair colour and get inspired for your blonde or brunette Balayage no matter your hair type.
Master the professional 2-step balayage technique, get inspired and shop the looks today to get ready for your clientsDISCOVER NOW
Balayage is a French word that means to sweep. It is a hair colouring technique where the stylist will paint the hair to give golden reflects that the sun naturally gives the hair in summer. It is the most popular colour service requested in salons today and its popularity comes from the fact that it is extremely low maintenance and will grow out naturally.
A beautiful sun-kissed hair colour result. The lightened pieces sculpt the face and jawline to contour the face and bring out your best features. The technique uses contrasting and non-stripy blonde shades to add depth and definition to the hair as well as luminosity for an ultra-natural result.
An ultra-natural Balayage result with a subtle hint of colour to add a bit of warmth to your hair - think salted caramel and warm mocha tones. If you are wanting to go a little lighter around your face but not yet ready to go the whole hog, a soft balayage is perfect for you. With a few lighter pieces placed strategically around your jawline to frame your face, this look will give your hair that extra boost and feeling of ‘je ne sais quoi’. The technique will give you a really natural and blended colour result to enhance your favourite facial features.
Balayage is very low maintenance and can give a new dimension to hair by boosting natural reflects. If you have never had your hair coloured before or you are afraid of a drastic change, balayage is most definitely the best colour technique for you. If you are blonde, brown, or red, have coloured or non- coloured hair, it doesn’t matter, the balayage technique can be tailored to everyone. The choice is really between you and your colourist. Balayage works for all lengths except for very short cropped hair. A balayage is also great for colouring greys because the hairdresser will cover the few grey strands rather than colour the whole head.
A balayage can take just 45 minutes to apply, but a full appointment can take around 2 hours. We would recommend you speak to your colourist first, as the time depends on your hair texture, condition and the personalised result that you are after. For example, if you have had highlights previously, then it may take longer as your stylist may have to do a reverse balayage to blend a darker root into lighter lengths and ends.
A Balayage grows out beautifully meaning less frequent appointments and maintenance. Like all hair colour, you want to protect it: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, as well as regular treatments and heat protection products when styling. If you take good care of your colour, it will always look its best. Make sure to always talk to your colorist about the upkeep, it’s important to remember that the cut dictates the placement of the colour, so the heavier the colour application the more upkeep will be needed. A balayage can last 8 to 14 weeks, however, to keep your balayage fresh, we would recommend a toning service every 6 weeks to revive its colour and enhance the shine of your balayage.
Balayage is a freehand technique best done in salon where the colour is applied by hand rather than using professional tools such as traditional foiling, meche or cap highlighting. It refers to the process of visually sweeping colour through the hair using a paddle or balayage board. Some techniques may isolate certain areas with foil where extra lightening is required. Generally, a balayage look will be deeper at the root and seamlessly melt into the lightest areas through the mid lengths and ends.
A Balayage grows out beautifully meaning less frequent appointments and maintenance, however like all hair colour, you want to protect it: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, as well as regular treatments and heat protection products when styling. Serie Expert Vitamino Color shampoo & conditioner can protect against colour fading for up to 8 weeks*. As with all blonde or highlighted hair, a purple shampoo can help to neutralise brassy yellow tones and revive colour. *Instrumental test shampoo and conditioner
If you already have blonde hair, you can have a reverse balayage to deepen the roots and add dimension to your look, the ends can be highlighted with a platinum blonde or icy blonde balayage. Reverse balayage is a way of transforming an all over or heavily highlighted head of hair into a multi dimensional look by deepening and brightening key focal areas. Popular as you can keep similar tones while re arranging or re balancing them to give a fresh new look by gradually shadowing from a deeper root to lighter sections.
A Balayage is very well suited to loose curls, beachy or tousled looks. This will allow people to see the many colour variations that the technique brings to the hair. To achieve such a look, you can use our professional styling products from our Tecni.ART range, and for heat styling, our SteamPod 3.0 is 78% less damaging vs. a regular straightener**.
**Instrumental test vs regular straightener after 15 uses
Balayage is a technique best left to professionals as it requires a certain level of skill to do correctly. Here’s how they do it:
Your hairdresser will look at where the light and shade needs to appear in your hair and map out your bespoke sections ,then each section will be painted with the lightening product either by hand onto the surface of the hair,onto a board and then left open air ,painted and then covered to retain heat where extra lightening is required ,There are a multitude of techniques that can be combined for your individual result.
The gloss is a important step and more than one shade may be used ,exactly as if you were blending eyeshadows,maybe slightly cooler at the root to enhance a shadow ,then blending into a light mocha or a caramel with an icy or pearly finish around the face or the ends where the hair is at its lightest and can contrast for a real colour pop and giving your hair incredible shine.