What is Balayage?

The popular coloring technique for highlighting hair has everyone wondering what it is exactly and how to pronounce it!


Balayage originated in France in the 1970s and has become the “go to” for a fashionable coloring technique. Colorists paint the lightener onto the hair in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect with a free hand technique rather than the traditional foiling methods. The soft, natural highlights allow for a low maintenance look that doesn’t need to touched up as frequently. There are different application nuances that produce slightly varied results. Balayage allows colorists to hand select the pieces of hair they want to highlight. Due to the customized, natural-looking placement, balayage also allows for a softer grow out.

Is balayage right for me?

There are many factors to consider when thinking of getting a balayage. To name a few, whether you have previous hair color on your hair, what your desired level of lightness is, and the condition and health of your hair. This is the beauty of balayage, the possibilities are endless! You can choose how much you’d like to amplify your color from mild to bold. These factors will determine how many appointments are necessary to achieve your end result.

Is it expensive?

Most view balayage as a more economical way to lighten and add dimension. However, it depends on the client, their starting point, and desired color to determine how many appointments are needed to achieve those final results.  During the consultation with your stylist you’ll be able to map out your path to a rich brunette or a striking blonde, and everything in between including auburns and caramels.

What is maintenance like?

Without a solid demarcation line, touch-ups are required less frequently. Once achieved, balayage appointments can go from 8-12 weeks without maintenance.  At Matisse, we recommend coming in within 5 or 6 weeks to keep the roots and/or tone back to the color the client left with. At home, using professional shampoos and conditioners will help to maintain the color and condition of your hair. Using purple or silver shampoos are also recommended to eliminate brassy tones.

We hope this has answered most of the questions you might have about balayage. Also, always feel free to call the salon to discuss any other questions you might have. So grab some inspiration photos and make an appointment to have beautiful sun-kissed hair today!!

Brittany Kersey