An Expert Guide To Balayage

An Expert Guide To Balayage

Balayage has become a forever favourite in the world of hair, but what is it? Balayage, a French term meaning “to sweep” or “to paint,” is a hair-colouring technique that creates a natural, low-maintenance look for all hair colours. At award-winning Salon HER in Sydney, we’re passionate about the art of hair-colouring, and so we specialise in not only balayage, but two of the other most sought-after styles: foilayage and ombre. These three techniques are not just hair trends; they are total mainstays and the perfect solution for clients seeking styles that offer a natural look and require little maintenance as they grow out.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a colour application technique where your stylist applies colour freehand for a more customised and blended effect. The technique involves painting highlights onto the hair in a way that mimics how the sun naturally lightens hair, resulting in a soft, graduated effect. Balayage creates natural highlights that blend with your base colour, which creates a subtle transition that grows out without noticeable regrowth lines.

What are the benefits of balayage?

Here are a few reasons why balayage has become a favourite among hair stylists and clients alike:

  • Low maintenance: balayage grows out seamlessly, reducing the need for frequent touch-ups.
  • Natural: the freehand technique allows for a more natural look compared to traditional foils.
  • Versatility: it’s suitable for all hair types and lengths.
  • Customisation: balayage is crafted to complement your natural hair colour, meaning it’s possible to create your own unique look.

What is foilayage?

Like its name suggests, foilyage combines both foils and balayage. This means we are able to create a brighter and more consistent style, while still achieving the softness of balayage. It's recommended for lighter highlights or to lift the root area and for those who are after a more pronounced colour lift.

What is ombre?

Ombré, a French term meaning “shaded” or “graduated in tone,” is a technique in which colour is applied in a gradient effect, going from darker roots to lightened ends. The colour transition is more dramatic and noticeable than balayage—it’s a bold statement with a visible shift from one colour to another. While balayage and foilyage both blend to create subtle highlights, ombre has a distinct gradient with clear lines between colours.

What is the best way to care for balayage hair?

  • Wait at least 48 hours after application to wash your hair
  • Only wash your hair up to 2-3 times a week to prevent fading
  • Invest in shampoos and conditioners for colour-treated hair
  • Use toners and purple shampoo to keep blonde from turning brassy
  • Use cool water to rinse your hair to keep the cuticle closed
  • Always use heat protectant hair products when styling to prevent damage
  • Use quality heat styling tools that maintain consistent temperatures
  • Get regular haircuts to prevent split ends
  • Towel dry your hair before applying conditioner

Remember, consistency is key to maintaining that fresh, salon-like colour, so get in touch with our Front of House to book your next balayage appointment at Salon Her.