Balayage Explained


What is Balayage?

Balayage is typically a freehand colouring technique. Colour is strategically placed to emphasise shine, texture and form. It originated in France, and uses an open air development for traditional techniques.

What is the difference between Highlights and Balayage?

Balayage in the traditional form is known for producing natural results – colour is often softer at the root area and brighter towards the end. It is great for lower maintenance hair colour or adding subtle soft hints. Highlights using a foil will give you maximum lift and high definition colour. This is perfect for anyone who is looking for bright, highly visible colour. If you want to see contrast and high definition colour, then foils are for you.

How to get rid of unwanted brassy tones:

There are lots of products on the market but to keep brassy tones at bay, we recommend the new range from Kerastase. It contains hydrating qualities whilst neutralising unwanted brassy tones. Always book in for a refreshing toner service 6 weeks after your Balayage application.

How to protect your hair from the sun:

Invest in great home care products. Always up the anti with conditioning products – treatments that contain glucose are fab for creating hair that has vitality. Look at products which have UV protection. Pureology has some beautiful products in their range, particularly for blondes. During the Summer months or when on holiday, think about adapting your haircare routine. If you are going to be swimming in the sea, be sure to remove salt water by using a clarifying shampoo. Shampoo 2 by Paul Mitchell is perfect for this. Top up condition by using their Keratin Shine Treatment. It will give your hair that perfect summer glow!

Product recommendations

Bathe & Care

  • Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Lumiere and Fondant Cicaflash – to give strength and gloss to keep your blonde luminous.
  • Pureology Best Blondes Shampoo and Conditioner – this ultra-toning duo will neutralise any brassiness to keep your colour looking salon fresh between visits.


  • Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaflash – this hydrating and protective blow dry cream will protect against heat damage and give a silky soft finish to your blowdry.
  • Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum – this beautiful serum leaves the hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather.
  • Redken – One United Spray – this one magical spray does 21 fantastic things for your hair, including nourishing, shine, heat and UV protection and frizz prevention.


  • Olaplex No.4 Shampoo and No.8 Bonding Moisture Mask – with this super pair, you can rebuild the structural bonds in the hair that are damaged through hair lightening and styling. The amazing new Mask will also deliver 3x moisture and 2 x shine for beautifully strong hair inside and out.
  • Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicanuit Night Serum – a couple of pumps of this indulgent cream serum before bed will leave your hair nourished and soft by morning, while the calming fragrance helps you have a wonderfully restful sleep.

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