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.
N o r d i c H a i r C r e a t o r



Hello lovely ladies! <3 

Many people have trouble figuring out how to wash their hair properly. Therefore, I have decided to make a blog post where I am going to share the optimal hair wash routine for you guys.

The optimal hair wash routine:

Your routine will be different as it depends on your hair. If you have natural and normal hair that has not gone through a chemical treatment, it is abundant to use the following routine:

  1. Shampoo – Wash your hair twice
  2. Hair treatment – Use once a week, not more
  3. Conditioner/rinse – Use after every wash
  4. Hair oil – You can use the oil in both wet and dry hair

If your hair has become extremely dry and damaged after a bleaching or other chemical treatment, I recommend the following routine:

  1.  Shampoo – Wash your hair twice
  2. Hair treatment – Use after every wash
  3. Conditioner/rinse – Use after every hair treatment
  4. Leave in conditioner – Use in damped hair after every wash. I also recommend that you use it in the days between your hair washes, to keep your hair flexible and strong.
  5. Hair oil – Use as required

A more detailed explanation:

  1. It is important to wash your hair twice to get the optimal effect out of your hair wash. The first wash removes all grease in your hair, so your hair becomes clean and fresh. The second wash is about adding volume and brightness into your hair. By washing your hair twice, you can avoid feeling that you must wash your hair all the time.
  2. Let the hair treatment remain in your hair for the recommended time before washing it out. If you have dry and damaged hair, especially after a huge color change you must use a hair treatment after every wash. When you brighten up the hair, all moisture, nourishment and pigment are removed from it. The treatment will get into your hair and supply with moisture and nourishment and then speed up the recovery process.
  3. Use a conditioner/rinse and leave it in your hair for the recommended time, before washing it out. The conditioner will seal your hair after the hair treatment and give it a shiny finish.
  4. If you have extremely damaged hair, you must use a leave in conditioner in your damped hair. This product will make your hair extra soft, flexible and strong during the day. Leave in conditioner will help your hair to recover after a chemical treatment and avoid it from breaking in the future.
  5. Use a hair oil to make your hair moveable, soft and flexible so it doesn’t break. As a bonus your hair will become very shiny.


Best regards
Helen Lucca Gudjonsson <3