Balayage! What is it? How do you pronounce it?

Balayage! What is it? How do you pronounce it?


How do you say balayage?

We get asked tons of questions about balayage. Most of them are about the pronunciation.

Let’s get

that out of the way first. BAH-LAY-AHGE. It’s from the French word balayer, meaning to sweep. So you’ve got to give it that fancy, Frenchy flair when you say it.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a hair coloring technique that has been around since the 70’s. Color is painted onto the hair to create a graduated, more natural looking hig

hlight effect. The color is essentially swept onto the surface of the hair (get it…balayage…balayer…to sweep). Highlights are painted onto the hair, applied lightly at th

e top and heavier at the bottom. The result is a more sunbleached, natural look. The ends of the hair are lighter and the gradually getting darker moving up to the roots. As the hair grows out there is a less drastic and noticeable root line. This extends the life of your coloring by allowing for a more natural appearing grow-out.

The process can be more time consuming than traditional foil highlights. It requires a steady handed application and an artistic eye for color. Smaller sections of hair are focused on at a time giving the stylist more control over the end result.

The great thing about the balayage technique is that it is not limited to highlights. Colors can be applied in the same fashion. So if you want your hair in pink graduated highlights…we can do that!

Balayage vs Ombre: What’s the difference?

I get that you are now wondering what the difference is between ombre and balayage. They sound awfully similar. They kinda are. The technical differences lie in the difference in processing. The obvious differences are in the look. While balayage produces a subtle transition; ombre is more drastic. Ombre technique focuses on creating a look where your roots look distinctively different than your ends.

Caring For Your Color

Balayage does not dry your hair out no more or less than traditional foil highlights, as long as you have a trained professional applying your color. You should always use professional quality shampoos and conditioners as well as have regular treatments (all available at the Headquarters).


Call 337-534-0049 or click the button below to schedule an appointment at The Headquarters Salon. We are Lafayette’s first and finest TIGI hair salon. If you are looking for any kind of hair coloring service, we have a team of talented artists ready to help.

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