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An Introductory Guide to Balayage Hair Color October 15, 2018

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An Introductory Guide to Balayage Hair Color, Manhattan, New York

If you keep up with Hollywood headlines or occasionally turn on the TV, you’ve likely seen it — the latest hair color trend to sweep the nation. Known as balayage, this subtle but transformative dye technique has become popular among everyone from celebrities to stay-at-home moms, and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re unfamiliar with this style by name, dive into this guide.

Getting to Know Balayage Hair Color

What Is Balayage?

With origins in France, this hair coloring technique is renowned for its similarity to painting. Using freehand strokes, colorists paint the dye onto a client’s hair in places where the sun would naturally lighten it, creating realistic-looking highlights. Balayage sits in contrast to standard highlights, which are achieved by coloring chunks of hair that are sectioned off in increments, producing less natural results. After your coloring, you’ll look a lot more like you returned from a tropical vacation than a salon appointment.

How Often Will I Need Touch-Ups?

hair colorTraditional highlights are applied from the root to the tip, making regrowth — the emergence of new, uncolored hair at the root — obvious. Since the balayage technique paints the dye on gradually, the lightest hues will be on the ends of your hair, so regrowth is essentially indistinguishable. As a result, you won’t need to have the technique done as often — just whenever you’d like an update.

Does It Work for All Colors & Hair Types?

While one of the most popular balayage palettes ranges from a warm medium-brown to a dark, golden blonde, this term represents a technique rather than a shade. Therefore, you can apply it to any look you have in mind! Add lighter, strawberry blond tones to red hair, or add medium-brown tones to dark brown. Unlike other highlights, which work best on straight hair, this technique is perfect for wavy and curly, as it can be painted on your locks when they’re dry so it hugs the natural curves.


If you’re interested in trying out this new hair color technique for yourself, stop by Salon Icon NYC today. As balayage specialists, they’ve made a name for themselves in the hair painting world. For more information on their salon services, including makeup, visit the website. You can also call them at (212) 213-0099 or stop by their Midtown East location to schedule an appointment.

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