Balayage Hair Technique

The word “Balayage” is also a French word meaning “to sweep”. When applying the color for a Balayage, the stylist will sweep the color through small triangle sections of your hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter color. With a Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural, and it is less maintenance than an Ombre.

Generally, ammonia-free permanent hair color is the healthiest for hair, and either Ombre or Balayage can be done with ammonia-free color, which is great. Additionally, both Ombre and Balayage require you to color your hair less often, which is kinder to the hair in general as opposed to traditional foils. The process takes around an hour and a half, the durability of the color and time period of which it will last is about 10 weeks before the hair needs to be re colored, but it will grow out naturally. Therefore, no touch ups will need to be done between this

Balayage Hair Technique McLean VAMany of our clients ask us what is the difference between an Balayage and Ombre? To simply state, the Ombre is the style and the Balayage is the technique. Balayage is a customized, hand-painted, sun-kissed look – a coloring technique utilized to create naturally highlighted appearance. The technique creates great depth and dimension. You have dimension throughout the hair, as opposed to dimension just on the tips of the hair, which is common with an Ombre application.

Ombre is a “dipped-ends” look that was extremely popular a couple of years ago and is something that typically has a darker root, a medium color to the mid-lengths of the hair, with the ends being brightest. Visit our Ombre page to learn more.

How long should someone wait before getting the second treatment for Balayage to enhance/lighten the look?

Typically, you can go up to two to four months between treatments, because your hair will blend with your natural look, but it depends on where you’re starting and where you want to end up. The need to color less often is a big part of what makes this treatment or application so popular. If you are graying, however, you’ll still need stick to your current timelines.

Please schedule your visit accordingly. Most clients can expect to the process to take anywhere between 90 and 120 minutes. The processing of the color is much quicker than foil highlights because the dye is so much stronger.

Christie Adam is a full-service salon and spa established in 1999 in Great Falls, Virginia. It soon became one of the premier hair salon and spas in Northern Virginia. Over the years, we have continued to grow and are always on the cutting edge of new trends in the industry. We pride ourselves on offering our clientele the expertise of highly skilled stylists, estheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians to ensure complete satisfaction with every visit. Each of our stylists has mastered the art of coloring and styling hair. Each stylist adds their own unique touch to the art form of hair styling, dyeing, cutting, and care.

Our team is devoted to providing total relaxation and contributing to well-being for each spa visitor. Our goal is to leave each client feeling relaxed, refreshed, transformed, and confident in their new look. And the results speak for themselves.

Each of our stylists has mastered the art of coloring and styling hair. Each stylist adds their own unique touch to the art form of hair styling, dyeing, cutting, and care. Our team is devoted to providing total relaxation and contributing to well-being for each spa visitor.

Contact Christie Adam Salon & Spa today to schedule your appointment.