If you have been paying any attention to what’s been happening on the hair scene in the last few years you’ve probably heard terms like Balayage, Ombré, Shadow Root, Foilayage, Money Piece, Babylights, etc. Balayage is the buzzword of late and is a French word that literally means sweeping. For hair, Balayage is a technique whereby lightener or hair color is painted onto the hair in a sweeping motion to create fluidity in the color that results in a soft blend with no harsh lines.
For many people, Balayage can be a low maintenance, fashionable option, but for those of us who have those pesky gray hairs Balayage may not be the best option if low maintenance is the goal. If you find yourself in this camp opting for Babylights to diffuse depth close to the scalp may be a better choice. Babylights are very subtle, tiny highlights that can camouflage gray hairs effectively between salon visits while keeping you on point with the current fashion. For that pop of brightness framing your face, as seen on celebrities like Jennifer Aniston add in a Money Piece for a bit more pizazz!
These techniques can vary in how long your salon visit can take. “A few face framing highlights might take only an hour, but a full balayage with a multi-dimensional effect can take as long as 3 hours or so,” says Adam Dunnicliffe, Artistic Director and Educator for Escape Salon, located in the Temecula Valley. Depending on your length and density of hair as well as your desired result, pricing can vary accordingly. It’s important to remember whichever option you choose that maintenance will be necessary to keep your color fresh and your hair looking healthy. We recommend that our Balayage guests come in at least every 8 weeks for a quick maintenance service we call a Tone, Treat, and Trim. This service includes a toning glaze, shine enhancing deep treatment and a light dusting trim to keep the hair looking and feeling shiny, silky, and vibrant.
you opt for Balayage, Money Piece, Babylights or a combination; your
stylist can use these techniques to create a look that can help you
achieve your hair goals,
now and into the summer.
Joelle Garfinkel is the owner-hairstylist of Escape Salon & Spa (Temecula Valley) and Escape Hair Salon (San Diego). She has more than 30-years of experience as a hairstylist and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.