6 Stunning Balayage Hair Colors to Show Your Stylist
If you highlight your hair, you've probably heard about balayage. The technique, which originated in France, involves hand-painting highlights to create graduated and natural-looking dimension, explains colorist Kristen Fleming, color director at Chicago's 3rd Coast Salon. So what are the benefits of opting for balayage over traditional foil highlights? "It creates a much more custom look," says Shovnne Perkins, an expert colorist and lead educator at Madison Reed. "Because you're not tied to the square shape of a foil, the highlights can be done strategically. This allows a colorist to place lightness exactly where we want it, higher and lower on some pieces, and change up the concentration of highlights as we want." The end result is also much more natural and requires far less up-keep; the grow-out is noticeably softer because there isn't an obvious line from where the foil was placed, adds Perkins.
While balayage may be most often associated with blondes, there are actually plenty of different ways to incorporate balayage highlights besides the basic. Below, six balayage hair color ideas that will have you sprinting to the salon with picture in hand.