What Is Balayage?

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Your Balayage Questions Answered By The Experts At west with style Hairdressers in Westhill

One of the most asked-for hair colours at our Westhill hair salon is balayage so we are here to explain everything you need to know about getting this beautiful, low-maintenance look.

If you want natural-looking highlights throughout your hair to accentuate your hairstyle and facial features, ask your west with style hair stylist for balayage!  

Please note:  Customers who are new to hair colour or have not had their hair coloured in the past six months or more must pop in for a quick skin allergy test 48 hours prior to their colour appointment.  All colour appointments must be accompanied by a Cut & Finish or Finish, you cannot book in for a colour appointment on its own.

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What is balayage hair colour?

Balayage translated in French means ‘to sweep’.  We use this ‘sweeping’ freehand motion to blend a graduated lightening/darkening effect through your hair. 

Is ombre the same as balayage?

Balayage is commonly confused with ‘ombre’. Both are freehand focused techniques. A balayage look will create subtle sun-kissed highlights through the mid-lengths and ends for a multi-tonal look. Ombre is the transition from a darker colour into a lighter colour, generally focusing the lighter colour towards the ends of your hair.

What is the process to get balayage?

Absolutely anyone can have balayage. It’s a very versatile technique which is the main reason for its popularity. There are many unique ways and tools to achieve this look. It’s perfect for existing highlighted clients who want a more natural blonde, or brunettes who want to add a bit more dimension to their colour.

Take a look at our balayage queen Tegan demonstrating the hand painting technique in the video below.


How long does it take? 

Timings vary from 2- 3 hours dependent on clients’ needs and hair type. 

How should I prepare for my balayage hair colour appointment?

Come in for a consultation prior to your appointment to discuss your desired look. Bring in a photo or images of some hair colours you love to give your colour technician a better understanding of what you rae after. We will also ask you to have a quick skin test at least 48 hours before your hair colour appointment to make sure you do not suffer any reactions to the chemical processes.

Are there any ‘downsides’ to having balayage?

As with any colour, balayage will inevitably grow out and fade. We advise you come in for a touch up every 6-8 weeks. However, the advantage of balayage is that the regrowth is aimed to be softer and less obvious when it comes through. If you want to refresh the balayage between appointments, toners are a very quick effective way to do so.

Will my hair be dry and poor condition after balayage? 

Your hair condition is first and foremost our priority. So for that reason we always recommend the best treatments and aftercare in the industry. Wellaplex is an innovative treatment helps to strengthen your hair, leaving it healthier and more manageable during the colouring process.  

How much does it cost to have balayage? 

The cost depends on how much lightness/darkness you want and the level of technician you choose to have. If you’re unsure what you need, come in for a complimentary consultation and we can advise what options are best for you and give you quotes best suited to your budget.  

Do you have any balayage offers?

Keep checking our Late Deals for special offers. 

Why is west with style hair salon the best at creating balayage?

As a Wella salon we use only the best colouring products in the industry. All our technicians are genuinely passionate about colour, attend the best courses and are trained to the highest standard to create the look you’re after. 

Book a hair colour consultation at west with style hair salon in Westhill

We can help you find the perfect hair colour.  Simply book in for a hair consultation and let us help us find a hairstyle that suits you and a hair colour that works with your skin tone and sense of style.  Call the salon on 01224 741313 or book online using the pop-up button to the right of the screen.