Balayage Vs. Highlights (whats right for you?)

Balayage has been the latest trend for many years now. Coming in all colors, dimensions, and lengths, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or paint. This technique gives the look of a natural “sun kissed” hair color. This technique was to give more of a look that young children get when spending all summer swimming in the sun. The trend has gone in many directions and been used in more ways. The sweeping technique gives an easier grow out process, by not giving a hard line when the hair grows out. This buys you more time before salon visits (unless you have grey hair and need to go in for touch ups in between).

Highlights have been around forever, They come in different forms, and are usually wrapped in foil. Highlights give you a compact and even color appearance. By wrapping in a foil it makes for an even lift when using lightener. Still able to use highlights in many colors and tones, you will be able to change the look and make it your own. Nowadays stylists are doing what we call a “shadow root”. This gives a darker base color on your highlights about a 1/2 inch to an inch to give your hair a better grow out process and give more of a balayage look all while still giving clients a lighter all over look.

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Basic Highlight

As you can see the color goes all the way up to the base of the hair and is solid the whole way through the hair.

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Shadow Root

As you can see here I took a section at her base and used a darker color allowing her longer time between visits and giving a better grow out process and more of a balayage look than a regular highlight.

Now you know the run down.. So what’s right for you?

You may want a balayage if you:

  • Don’t like to go into the salon as often

  • You like a more “natural” look

  • You only want to see the lightness towards the bottom of your hair

  • Less noticeable regrowth lines

You may want highlights if:

  • You want lightness right at the base of your hair

  • You want all over uniform lightness

Highlight VS Balayage

What will you choose?