Balayage: What It Is, and Why You Should Try It

October 12, 2017

Balayage—it’s one of the most popular hairstyles of 2017, and one that many people don’t really understand. The name sounds a little complicated, but in reality, this style is both flattering and achievable. Come to Studio FX Hair Design LLC, your experienced hair salon in Anchorage, AK, and we’ll give you a gorgeous balayage that’s sure to breathe fresh life into your tresses.

But first, a few answers to your questions about this fantastic style!

What does it mean?

Balayage (pronounced bah-la-yaj) is a French word, and the definition is a wonderful description of the style—it means to paint or sweep. If you transfer this meaning to hair, you’ll get the right idea—a style that isn’t one solid color, and doesn’t go from root to tip. Rather, it is a more romantic, soft kind of highlighting that gives your tresses an unbeatable natural-looking effect.

How does it work?

What makes balayage stand out from other types of color is that your stylist hand-paints the surface of your hair with bleach or another type of color, but does not fully saturate it. This lends a more sun-kissed appearance to your hair for an “I rolled out of bed this way” effect that other types of coloring cannot achieve. It’s as if you spent your summer in the south of France, and gained some natural highlights as a result. Pretty gorgeous, right?

What are my options?

From dark to light, there are many types of balayage color styles, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your complexion, hair type and personality. Here are our top picks:

  • Blonde: A proven winner, blonde balayage treatments let you experience the joy of blonde hair, but with a more gradual transition from dark to light. You’ll get hints of that lighter blonde hue that blend naturally with your darker natural color tones.
  • Caramel: If you’d like to try a warmer balayage, consider caramel, another very trendy color this season! It’s a fantastic choice for the ladies among us with a darker shade of brown. Caramel adds a gorgeous, creamy hue to your natural color, so you can kick things up a notch without making a stark change.
  • Ashy: As the name implies, an ashy balayage adds a cool tone to hair. It’s sometimes described as “icy blonde.” If you already have some natural blonde color in your tresses, you can go cooler instead of warmer (like that caramel color mentioned above) for a truly captivating head of hair.

How do I rock this style?

Balayage caters to all sorts of hair colors, so just ask an experienced stylist at your hair salon in Anchorage, AK for some recommendations on what will really make your hair look incredible. Balayage looks especially lovely on longer hair, so embrace the length! Try it down with long, loose waves, or add some braids for a more romantic effect.

Whatever your hair goals this fall, Studio FX Hair Design LLC is here to help. Give us a call to take the first step toward beautiful hair this season!

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