If you’re looking for a fresh hairstyle that will have heads turning, balayage might be just the look for you. Different from ombre, balayage in Chicago gives you a more natural coloring look. Let’s learn a little more about this hair-painting technique and why it’s become so popular.

What Is Balayage?

In the simplest of definitions, balayage is a subtle highlighting technique that isn’t as drastic as completely changing your hair color but gives you just the amount of highlights you’re looking for. Deriving from the French word, “to sweep or paint,” balayage is a freehand coloring and styling technique to give you striking highlights. The highlights are low maintenance and you don’t have to go back to the salon often for touch-ups. As your hair grows out, so will the balayage and it’ll look almost natural!

The Process

Balayage is done utilizing a freehand technique instead of using tools like foiling and caps. A type of sweeping technique is used by our colorists as the product is swept through the hair with a brush and a backing board. Avoid trying this process at home as a professional hairstylist will be able to yield the best results.

Maintaining Your Balayage Highlights

As previously mentioned, balayage highlights grow out naturally, but in order to maintain it, try using sulfate-free products. Instead of using conditioner daily, swap it out for a hair mask once or twice a week, leaving the treatment in for 3-5 minutes before you rinse thoroughly. This will help your balayage last even longer.  

Benefits of Balayage

This hair-coloring technique requires little upkeep, it’s versatile, and you get a beautiful set of highlights in just one visit. Some other benefits of balayage include:

  • Healthier Looking Hair: You are not completely saturating your hair in bleach or color dye when you choose balayage, so you can enjoy healthier hair due to fewer chemicals. As a result, you will have softer and silkier hair with less damage and dryness.
  • Safe For Pregnant Women And Those With Allergies: Balayage highlights are applied to the hair, not the scalp, which means that the process can be done even if you are pregnant or have allergies. 
  • Customizable: No two balayage treatments are the same because you are able to customize your color service. You can choose a few accents or create a complete color change. Discuss your options with your stylist and they’ll be happy to transform your hair into the style you’re looking for. 

At George Charles Salon, we are committed to making you feel at home in our space as we give you the balayage look you’ve been hoping to achieve. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our unrivaled technicians.