From hands-on training to intense demonstration to business guidance, National Salon Resources is your resource for industry trends and insights. We look forward to adding more balayage classes as soon as possible, when it is safe for educators and students. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the basics of the technique.
A few decades ago, clients didn’t have a whole lot of options when it came to hair color outside of highlights or a basic monochrome look. But with foils coming into widespread use during the 1980s, chunky highlights, lowlights, chunking, and frosting came onto the scene making a huge splash.
These days, more natural looks like ombré, sombré, and balayage are high on clients’ request lists. The subtle looks achieved with hair painting techniques grow out beautifully, making it a hit in the post-pandemic era.
In this post from National Salon Resources, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about offering your clients balayage.
Balayage has been one of the most highly requested hair color looks for the past few years, and its popularity doesn’t seem to be waning.
The word balayage is French for “sweeping” because the look is achieved by sweeping lightener across hair by free-painting it. Each piece of hair is selected individually by the stylist.
Unlike traditional highlights, which maintain a monochromatic look from root to end, balayage blends from dark to light along the hair strand just like sun-bleached hair. The finished look has a sense of gradation that doesn’t look too far removed from naturally sun-kissed summertime hair.
Clients love balayage because it maintains a natural appearance even while it’s growing out. And it looks just as fantastic on darker shades as it does on lighter hair.
Developing Your Balayage Technique
One of the beautiful things about balayage is that there’s plenty of room for artistic interpretation from one stylist to the next. Every stylist seems to use his or her own unique approach to achieve subtly different looks.
Start with a Consultation
Clear communication is essential to creating a beautiful balayage look that keeps clients coming back for more. Ask your client about their hair color history and address any concerns about damage.
Finally, discuss realistic expectations so they’ll know exactly what to expect.
Focus on the Details
Perfecting your balayage technique will take time. Be aware of how much product you’re applying, formula consistency, application pressure, hand movements, and motions.
Keep notes on what works and take advantage of opportunities to grow your skills.
At National Salon Resources, we specialize in offering the best professional salon products available to help stylists create looks that their clients will love. We also help stylists to be the best at what they do by offering hair coloring education like balayage classes and more.
Although the pandemic has temporarily lowered our class offerings, we look forward to our next round of balayage classes! Keep an eye on our site for your next opportunity.
If you’re already well-versed in the technique, sign up online for your National Salon Resources account today and access top balayage products like Sunlights (they started the balayage revolution), Elgon freehand bleach, Alter Ego clay lightener, and many more!