Balayage Highlights: 5 Beautiful Ideas For Your Next Salon Visit

by John Griffith

When it comes to hair trends, balayage highlights are the equivalent of a little black dress in the fashion world. They are timeless, versatile, and extremely flattering. Unlike other fleeting trend, the balayage has stuck around and with good reason. This is a game-changing hair coloring technique that manages to achieve the hair of our dreams. The balayage technique creates natural-looking, low-maintenance highlights that deliver that perfect “I just spent a month getting sun-kissed at the beach” look without the sandy aftermath. It’s no wonder that women all across the globe are parting ways with the traditional foil highlights and embracing this game-changing style. Today, we will share with you everything you need to know about these highlights and we have plenty of inspo you can show your hairdresser.

Balayage highlights are timeless, versatile, and extremely flattering

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What are balayage highlights?

Balayage means “to sweep” or “to paint” in French. This hair technique involves the art of freehand hair painting. Unlike classic highlights where you have to sit with foil on your head, here the stylist applies the color directly onto the hair to create a more natural, blended effect without any harsh lines. This French technique gained a lot of traction during the 70s, however, it creates hair so beautiful that it is beloved till this day.

Balayage means “to sweep” or “to paint” in French

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Who should get balayage highlights done?

This hairstyle is the chameleon of hair color techniques. It can work on any hair type, any color, and any length. The only requirement there is for getting a balayage is to desire a low-maintenance style that adds depth and dimension to your look. This is the beauty of this style. And it can easily be changed up to match with your preferences and to compliment your complexion.

This hairstyle is the chameleon of hair color techniques

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Who should avoid getting balayage highlights?

Balayage is great for anyone who want to get it done. However, it may not be the perfect fit for people with extremely long and thick hair. Not because it wouldn’t look stunning. Rather it can become a costly and time-consuming affair. You should also avoid getting color work down if your hair has been through the wringer with damage, as balayage works best on healthy hair.

Avoid getting color work done if your hair is damaged

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How to maintain balayage highlights?

Think of the balayage hairstyle as of a delicate silk blouse – it will need gentle care to look its best. This means that you will need to update your regular shampoo to one that is sulfate-free in order to prevent fading. Also make sure to use products that will keep your hair healthy and happy. The great thing about the balayage is that it very low-maintenance, however, in order to keep your color looking fresh, a salon visit every three to four months is recommended.

The balayage needs gentle care to look its best

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Balayage highlights inspiration

Okay, now you know everything you need to about the balayage, it’s time to do some visual feasting! We will show you the balayage in all its glory. From warm hues of caramel shining through a dark chocolate base to subtle sunlit blondes woven through light brown locks. There are plenty of ways to do these highlights. The best choice is the one that makes you feel like you are shining from the inside out.

We will show you the balayage in all its glory

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Warm caramel

Indulge in the richness of these beautiful highlights. These caramel highlights look like they melt through the hair. Perfect for brunettes that are looking to add a touch of coziness to their hair. These caramel-like highlights add depth, warmth, and create a multidimensional look that is as delectable as it is stunning.

These caramel highlights look like they melt through the hair

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Face-framing highlights

Use the subtle artistry of balayage to illuminate your natural features. The delicate streaks of light work help to create a natural highlighter around your facial features. This brings attention to your eyes and cheekbones. It’s a personalized touch that adds brightness to your complexion and a youthful glow to the hair.

Use the subtle artistry of balayage to illuminate your natural features

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Auburn fire

Turn up the heat with this stunning auburn balayage. This fierce blends of bordeauxs, reds, and oranges make your hair seem like it is ablaze. It’s a bold statement perfect for those who are in need of a burst of vibrant color in their lives. This look is both daring and sophisticated.

Turn up the heat with this stunning auburn balayage

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Just peachy

Embrace the playful twist of this beautiful hairstyle. The soft whispers of pink and orange blend perfectly to create a dreamy, pastel masterpiece. It’s a whimsical look perfect for those free-spirited individuals who like a bit of pop color in their hair. This look is cute, refreshing, and unique.

The soft whispers of pink and orange blend perfectly

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Beachy vibes

If you want to capture the essence of summer in a hairstyle, then this is the look you should be going for. This style of balayage emulates the natural bleaching effect that beach days have on the hair. Sunlit blondes and soft browns will make it look like you’ve spent the last months lounging on the sands.

Capture the essence of summer in a hairstyle

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Whether you are a balayage newbie or you are simply looking to update your current look, remember that this hairstyle isn’t just about the color – it’s about the confidence it brings. We hope you found this article useful. Now it’s time to finally book that salon appointment and get ready to rock those stunning highlights.

These stunning highlights can bring you confidence 

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.