The Eternal Mystery of ‘Balayage’

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SoMe trends and the popular instagram look 

Because of the increasing influence social media has on our everyday lives, different SoMe tendencies are starting to flourish on multiple social platforms. Upon these platforms, people continuously get inspired by profiles, who posts pictures of the newest hair trends, to which I have noticed that a specific tendency is significantly more interesting and requested than the others. The popular phenomena of “Balayage”.

This has resulted in, that I on a regular basis meet clients, with the wish of getting that “Balayage look”.

With time, I have experienced that a lot of people maybe have misunderstood the actual meaning of “Balayage”?

Therefore, I will now try explaining the actual meaning of “Balayage” 🙂


The word ‘Balayage’ originated from the French language, and means “to sweep – sweeping”
However, in the hair-profession, it is referred as: “painting in free hand – on the hair”

This means, that “Balayage” is a technique used by hairstylists, when they do their different colour creations.

It is therefore not a look, which many mistakenly believes 🙂

Everything depends on the starting point

To achieve a desired result, everything depends on the starting point.

If your client wishes for a specific look, it is not necessarily a Balayage technique which to be used, as it depends on the starting point that the client enters with.

The above is also one of the reasons why I ask clients to send me an email where to enclose a picture of the current starting point, as well as a picture of the dream hair!


When clients discovers pictures on instagram/Pinterest – which looks like the result of what others calls ‘Balayage’, it is then not certain that the Balayage technique actually was the technique behind the picture!


Natural as possible

When using the Balayage technique, hairstylists work with tone on tone shading results.

This means, if the hair is dark , you can expect warmer nuances and if it is blonde, you can achieve colder nuances in the hair . In the first session – that is 🙂

The Balayage technique is used to achieve natural result. Based on your current level – it is possible to lift the hair from one to four tones. (This actually corresponds to what the sun lights would have done to the hair over a number of x-summers).

So next time you see a hairstyle that resembles a “Balayage”, in SoMe-Land then remember, that you can´t be sure of the actual technique which was used .

I hope this information regarding balayage was useful ?   Don´t hesitate to comment below !

LOVE  from
Helen Lucca Gudjonsson.
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