Whether you're a blonde, brunette or redhead, Balayage can give your hair a super summer lift.

The team at Finesse attended a Balayage course with the extremely talented colourist Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds London. I’ve got the low down on what it’s all about! If you would like to try Balayage out for yourself, please visit our website.

Balayage has been around for a while but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair trends in salons today.

What exactly is balayage? Balayage is a French word meaning ‘sweeping’ or ‘to paint’. It gives a sun-kissed natural look - similar to what nature gives us as children - with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The idea behind it is less is more when creating soft, natural looks.


How is it applied? Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated throughout the hair until the very tips, otherwise you would have a stripy look that isn’t vey natural at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil is used and it allows the colourist to apply colour wherever they like.


What makes it different to highlights? It’s totally bespoke and specifically applied to suit you rather than methodically. A good balayage expert will be able to place the colour to suit your skin tone so it’ll look amazing and really light up your features. It’s also different to highlights as you wont get a strong regrowth line, its much more natural looking.


Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

Balayage pretty much works for all lengths except very short cropped hair. However, if you have dark brown or black hair, balayage alone may not be the best option for you but your colour specialist at Finesse can advise you on how to achieve this look by including other methods of colouring.


What's making it so popular recently? It’s a very skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Even now, only a selected amount of salons truly know how to achieve this look. It’s becoming better known because all the celebs are wearing it and it’s becoming a top trend amongst the catwalk and red carpet.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

Unlike highlights, it requires much less maintenance. It grows out and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line. All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour, so use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling. As with all colour it can go dull or brassy over time so you might like to have a toner applied.

Trends come and go, but it looks like gradient hair is here to stay. Over the past few seasons, we’ve transitioned from foil highlights and solid all-over colour to softer and more natural looking balayage hair.


By Amanda Anastasiou www.finessesalon.co.uk