Balayage: first of all, we need to make sure that you know what it is. Well, it is a buzz word today, but not everyone knows its definition.
Basically, it is a technique of highlighting that is done freehand (unlike traditional cap and foiling techniques). And we owe this technique to colorists from France who developed it in the 70-s. If to translate balayage from French, we will get the verb to sweep.
This technique has many perks, and its versatility is definitely among them. Whether you sport a shorter pixie haircut, or a super long haircut, balayage can work on any hair length, giving your locks a sun-kissed, natural-looking effect and much movement.
You also need to know that this highlighting technique is subtle and has nothing to do with a drastic change of color. So, it might work for you in case you are a newbie at coloring and wish to revive your blonde, red, or brown tresses.
And here is the great news: unlike other coloring techniques, balayage is really low maintenance. It means that you can save much time and money as having to visit the salon to get the regular touch ups will be in the past. Intrigued? Then let’s have a look at the trendiest balayage hair ideas to prepare you for the next time you go to the salon.
Balayage Ideas for Long Hair
If you have longer tresses, balayage tones really add texture and depth to your hair. One of the best things about balayage is it that it is more subtle than ombre and is a bit more stylish than just your average highlights or lowlights. Your stylist will take the time to hand paint your chosen shade onto your hair, thus making it look natural. Another advantage of balayage is that it grows out nicely as it blends into your natural or base hair color. As well, most shades of balayage require little upkeep. If you opt for light blonde tones, you may need more frequent touch-ups. However, most shades will last for quite some time.
So are you thinking about a new-look for your long tresses but don’t want to get over dramatic with hair color? Then, balayage might be just what you’re looking for. Here is a quick list of some of the most popular balayage tones this season:
- Brunette and caramel balayage
- Chocolate and balayage dark brown hair
- Buttery blonde and balayage long hair blonde
- Dark auburn and balayage long hair brunette
- Dark brown and honey brown balayage
- Creamy blonde and dark blonde balayage
- Natural blonde and platinum blonde balayage
- Deep red and mahogany balayage blend
- Salt and pepper balayage
- Sun-kissed blonde and natural brunette balayage
As you can see from the photos above, balayage looks stunning on long wavy hair. It adds a good amount of texture to any hair type and gives your hair that natural skin-kissed look that will be sure to turn heads wherever you go!
Be sure to discuss your choices with your hairstylist. If you are dying your entire head a different shade, it might require more than one appointment, especially if it requires bleaching. However, most balayage techniques can be done in one sitting as the entire process generally takes 45 minutes to an hour. And we don’t recommend trying balayage at home the first time. It always pays to get it done by a professional to ensure that this hair technique is applied right the first time. Booking an appointment with your stylist can save you a great deal of time and hassle in the long run!
Medium Hairstyles with Balayage
Medium hair looks especially stunning with balayage tones as they can add so much depth and dimension to shoulder length locks. As always, unless you are planning to dye all of your hair a new base color, it is recommended to only go a few shades darker or lighter than your base hair color. If you are considering cutting your longer hair but don’t want to chop it all off and go super short, a medium length cut with balayage is a great way to liven up your hair without being too drastic.
Here are some of the most popular balayage trends for mid length and shoulder length tresses:
- Caramel and balayage brown hair
- Peek-a-boo balayage hair blonde
- Auburn and dark brown balayage
- Honey balayage brown to blonde
- Brunette and chestnut balayage
- Strawberry blonde balayage
- Cinnamon balayage hues
- Butterscotch blonde balayage
- Toffee balayage
- Silver and gray balayage
One of the advantages of a mid length cut is that it will not require quite as much upkeep as a longer balayage style. This, of course, will depend on what shade you chose. Keep in mind that lighter shades of blonde such a platinum will require more maintenance. Blonde highlight and hues generally require a touch up every six to eight weeks while darker tones can last up to several months, depending on the cut and style.
As you can see by the photos above, balayage looks positively gorgeous on mid length styles. Whether your hair is poker straight, wavy or curly, you will be able to find the perfect cut and balayage combo to suit your style and personality. A simple color change can make you look and feel years younger, renew your self-esteem and give you a fresh outlook on life. Not to mention, a sassy new style will make you feel sexy!
Balayage Hair Highlighting for Short Hair
Short hair, don’t despair! If you think that balayage tones will not work with shorter tresses, you couldn’t be more mistaken! Short hair looks even more gorgeous with balayage hues. If you think your shorter locks are boring, balayage effects will add more depth, texture, and body to your short hairstyle!
And as an added bonus, you won’t have to get as many touch ups as someone with longer hair! Short hair is perhaps the best length for balayage as it is super easy to maintain. Again, we must going out that if you opt for lighter shades such as pale blonde, you will need more frequent touch-ups that you will with darker hues.
Following are some of the most popular balayage short hair trends in 2018:
- Icy blonde balayage
- Blonde and caramel balayage
- Raven black with platinum blonde balayage
- Fiery sunset balayage
- Tortoiseshell balayage
- Bronde balayage
- Dark black and light brown balayage
- Dark blonde and silver balayage
- Rose gold balayage
As you can see, there are so many timeless and trendy color possibilities for balayage hues for shorter tresses! Whether you have waves, curls or straight hair, balayage can add life to your short locks!
Still not sure if a short balayage cut will work for you? Check out these sexy short cuts with beautiful balayage hues! From buttery blonde waves to balayage bob brunette hues, these fun and flirty short hairstyles are super cute and chic!
A balayage bob style is one of the most popular hair trends this season. Also balayage pixies are making a huge splash! Celebs have taken short balayage hairstyles to the next level!