client: “I’m thinking about doing Biolage.”
Me: “You mean Bal-a-yage?”
A constant dialogue performed by clients and I discussing their sudden change to try the “IN” trend, Balayage. Balayage comes from the French word, sweep or to paint. In the salon Balayage is a hair technique that is done by visually painting the hair with what is usually done with lightener to give natural sun kissed locks. Popular on celebs such as Khloe Kardashian, it has become so mainstream that basic highlights have mostly become extinct. For my clients who are curious, here’s a blog that show 4 Signs you Might want Balayage.
4 Signs you Might want a Balayage
#1 Never have done Color
It’s amazing when I get virgins in the salon, and I don’t mean “Virgin Mary,” just women/men who have never done any chemical processes to their hair. For someone who just wants a taste of the good life, I like to balayage a few pieces around their face. A partial balayage can really frame your face well, like bangs, which highlight the best features. Usually, that’s enough to keep people coming in wanting more.
#2 All Natural is Back
Or at least what we’d like people to think is Natural. The affect of balayage, depending on the person’s base color and how light they’d like to go can really set the hair to where the hair almost looks sundipped. For a trained professional hairstylist, they can visually strategically take strands of hair to lighten enough to how our hair would like when we were just kids playing outside all summer. Just a subtle change can really make a difference.
#3 No to Highlights
With Balayage in high demand , highlights are becoming extinct. Now I usually get clients who want to get lighter by leaving the root and constantly come in every other month to touch up their Balayage. Sometimes I’ll have clients who come in with highlights who want a change. I’ll take their base down and then run some balayage within the transition line so that it nicely feathers and melts down. It’s definitely a relief from coming in every 4-6 weeks for a highlight.
Which leads me to time! Yes, it’s more expensive and takes me at least 3 hours for a lil longer than shoulder length hair to do but it’s worth it for sure. On average for a heavy hand painting session I charge $250, of course depending on length, compared to clients who on average with a blow-dry, my highlight clients leave paying $125 and that’s every 4-6 weeks when it starts growing out. My balayage clients come in every 4 months for a partial balayage, sometimes even 6 months, that’s with use of proper hair care products. It’s almost wanting me to believe I should stop doing great balayages that last so long. I mean, it’s perfect for Mom’s who can make that personal trip for themselves in the salon and treat their self for a couple hours before the mayhem until I see them the next season. If you’re that someone who can’t make it to the salon every now and then this would be the hair service for you.
All Signs point to YES
If you’ve checked off pretty much everything on this blog than you should really just convince yourself to come on in and try it out. In our salon we use the color brand Wella, within that line for lightening the hair is a product called “Freelights.” What clients refer as “bleach,” this technology of Freelights applied to the hair creates a cocoon that makes a hard shell on the outside keeping it still moist inside to help create a clay like service to lay hair down without using foils. With a nonaggressive formula, the lightener works inside to lift the hair to whatever specific color the stylist helps formulate for you.
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