What is the difference between Highlighting and Balayage?

Balayage is right on trend right now and our insta stories and accounts are filled high with the gorgeous natural finishing effects of this colouring process – but what’s the difference?

Firstly Balayage is not actually a look. It’s a technique, where the process of adding highlights is done without foil like traditional highlights and results in what we commonly refer to as a ‘Ombre’ look.  Highlighting involves lightening sections of hair to create contrast and dimension, while Balayage is a hair coloring technique where color is painted on in a sweeping, gradient (think Picasso esq) like manner to create a more natural, sun-kissed look. The main difference is that highlights are more structured and defined, and Balayage is more free-form and subtle.

Balayage can be applied as a full Balayage for all of your hair to give you the lighter look without needing to maintain inevitable root grow-out (as you usually need for highlights) It can also be done as a partial, or mini, Balayage, such as only around the face or upper area of your hair. 

Balayage highlights are usually just a few shades lighter than your base color, giving your locks natural depth and dimension. It blends so seamlessly into your natural color that Balayage is easy to maintain with the right products and techniques.

One other thing… Balayage isn’t just for blondes!!!

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