There’s no denying the ultra-stylish appeal of balayage and the multidimensional vibrance of highlights. To most people, there doesn’t seem to be that big of a difference between these two coloring techniques, but they are actually quite distinct from one another. Making sure your client knows the difference between them is an important part of ensuring a five-star result.
If one of your clients is ready to lighten their hair but can’t decide if they want highlights or balayage, there are a few things they need to consider before making the decision. Read on for advice on helping them choose between the two.
What Is Balayage?
Balayage is a hair coloring technique that involves lightening hair freehandedly using professional hair color applied directly to the hair. Typically, stylists apply the dye with a hair color brush and do not use hair coloring foils, which allows them to achieve a multidimensional, natural look by applying the color with a brush. Balayage also doesn’t reach the roots of the hair. Instead, it starts near the top and transitions from dark to light all the way to the ends, allowing for a more natural, longer-lasting look that grows out beautifully.
What Are Highlights?
Highlights are a coloring technique that relies on hair color and foil to achieve lightened hair. Highlights are created by applying foils from the roots of the hair to the ends, leaving some hair natural to allow for the hair to blend nicely. Unlike balayage, highlighting doesn’t require you to use a freehand application. When applying the bleach or color, hairstylists can carefully choose where to put the highlights.