When it comes to balayage looks, everyone loves them! However, not every natural hair color can achieve the desired look they are seeking with the balayage technique. Balayage is a technique that can be used a few different ways.

Why balayage? Natural and low maintenance!

Balayage is the best technique to create a natural lived-in color. Key words you will hear us use when it comes to balayage:


Open air balayage:

  • It is a natural look
  • Gives an overall sun-kissed look
  • Keeps depth in the hair
  • Seamless grow out
  • It can get lighter over time
  • Can be used for lightness and depth
  • Highlights are painted on the hair in singles, v’s, or w’s (this is
  • Painted signature pieces are considered a lowlight
  • Brighter around the face and ends
  • Usually is a warm tone

Open air balayage technique

Faux balayage:

  • Can get a little more lift than open air
  • Uses a heat source like a foil or saran wrap to encapsulate the heat
  • Can create a lighter look than open air
  • Can create a cooler tone than open air

Hair painting:

  • Full surface hair painting to create an overall lighter look
  • Can be used with open air or with a heat source like saran wrap
  • Keeps some depth, but not as much as a traditional balayage placement
  • Low maintenance like balayage, but used when converting a traditional foil
  • A true overall “sun-kissed” look
  • Usually creates a warm tone all over

Reverse balayage:

  • Technique used when depth is needed
  • Adds dimension back to overly blonde hair
  • Sometimes needed when transitioning from a foil to balayage

What to expect:

  • Touch-ups as little or as much as wanted – sometimes even once a year!
  • Blends grey
  • No harsh lines
  • May want a gloss to keep the color fresh every 8 weeks
  • Can keep going lighter with each visit
  • Usually takes many appointments to achieve maximum lightness or cool tone
  • Beautiful, sun-kissed hair

Examples:







 All of these pictures are done by me and you can find more of my work on my instagram: @kellynloveshair

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