a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.


Is a french word meaning ‘sweeping’. Related to, balayer, which literally means ‘to sweep’ or ‘brush off’. This is relevant because in hairdressing, balayage is a technique for applying colour to the hair in a sweeping motion.

Sometimes spelled balliage or baliage, it is the art of hair painting. and although this technique was introduced into salons as early as the 1950’s it is one of the most popular hair colour requests in our salon today. Not least because it is not specific to one type of hair colour – blondes, brunettes, redheads and even if you have black hair; all can benefit from having this enhancing technique applied to their hair, but also it results in a subtle but defining multi-dimensional look everyone desires.

Balayge gives the effect of a sunkissed natural look to your hair, like we see in young children so giving a softer but noticeable natural effect, so in this case – less is more!

Balayage is an art and it is painted onto your hair free hand. Unlike foils in which we can create a much more defined and deep colour change in your hair, balayage is painted in soft brush strokes leaving a natural sweeping colour change with no signs of demarcation. It is bespoke to suit you. We place the colour in very specific areas of your hair, depending on the shape of the hair, to give a natural look and can also be utilised to areas accenting areas of your face.

A great advantage of the balayage effect is due to its rooty look, it can be left for a longer time before the need to have it refreshed, resulting in longer than average trips to the salon, usually four to six weeks. It is also a great way to grow out unwanted colour in the hair.

At our salon in Wallsend, Newcastle, me and my team are always crafting our knowledge and experience, experimenting and honing different balayage techniques. We have been using balayage for a number of years now, the technique isn’t trending, it isnt going through a popular phase, it has been around for years and it is going to remain a popular choice for a lot more – so give it a go if you haven’t already.

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