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Fashionable hair dyeing in balayage style does not lose its relevance. Many girls love it for its natural and natural appearance. A little lightening of hair tips and individual V-shaped strands gives the image a touch of summer charm. It visually makes the hairstyle more voluminous and bright, corrects the shape of the face.

What is Balayage?

It is a method of gradient dyeing that makes your hair look like it’s slightly sunburnt. This effect is achieved due to the special technique of applying dye on the hair. The master distributes the dye over the strands in light throwing movements, working only with the tip of the brush. After all, in translation from French “balayage” means “meth”, “get out”.

Many celebrities, including Blake Lovely, Jay Lo, Olivia Wilde, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Jessica Bill, Lily Aldridge and others, appreciated the balayage.


Why many girls and women prefer balayage:

  • Suitable for those who want to update their appearance, but are not ready for a radical change of hair color.
  • With the right shade balajazh looks great on dark, red and blond hair.
  • With the help of dyeing the master can visually correct your face oval. You can choose the color of strands, visually softening sharp cheekbones, heavy lower jaw or puffy cheeks.
  • The technique is suitable for short, medium and long hair. Dyeing looks good on hairstyles such as garsons, beans, carats, pixies and cascades.
  • Due to the chaotic arrangement of coloured strands, the border between them and the natural hair color does not need frequent correction.
  • It can be done on any type of hair: straight, curly and curly.
  • Due to the fact that colour stretching is carried out only on the top layer of hair, it suffers less from the negative impact of dye.
  • Suitable for women of any age.


Despite the large number of advantages, the colouring of the balancer also has disadvantages:

  • The procedure is quite complicated (especially for long straight hair).
  • Incorrectly selected color can spoil the whole image. Therefore, when choosing it, not only the natural shade of hair but also the skin tone and eye colour should be taken into account.
  • Depending on the length of hair, the level of professionalism of the master and the quality of dyes used, the price of dyeing can be very expensive.

How does balayage differ from other popular methods of hair dyeing?

Sombre. The sombre technique involves a gentle gradient change of colour from root to tip. The master applies the colour to the combed hair and stretches it along its entire length. When balayage is performed, the dye is applied with sweeping V-rubbing strokes, without the strands being combed.

Ombre. Ombre has a contrasting line between coloured and natural hair. In contrast, balayage implies a smooth transition of colour without a pronounced border. Only the hair tips are processed in the omber, and the balayage technique assumes gradient colouring on all length. This is the reason why omber is rarely used for dyeing short hair.

Bronding and California melting. The difference between armouring, California melting and balayage is the technique of execution. During bronze plating and California melting the dye is applied on very thin strands (about 3 mm). As a result, dyed hair resembles semi-transparent melting. When balalaire is performed, the master applies the colour to wide strands, which makes the coloured hair clearer and more visible.

Types of balayage

There are several types of balayage which differ from each other in the way of colouring and accent shade.

Painting methods:

Bright transition. An option for brave and confident women. It uses bright shades that create a contrast with the natural hair colour. For black hair owners, it can be burgundy, blue and green. Lilac and purple shades are suitable for light-rustic strands.

Clear transition. Although balayage implies a soft border of colour, at its creation it is possible to achieve the accurate transition of shades. For this purpose, more contrasting combinations are used. For example, for dyeing on dark hair used: honey, wheat and caramel shades of light colour. The difference between natural and coloured hair should be at least 2-3 tones. This technology is very complex, but it allows you to achieve a spectacular result.

Soft transition. When performing this technique, the master uses a dye that differs from the main hair colour by no more than 3 tones.

Partial (layer-by-layer). It implies the clarification of not only the upper but also the lower layer of hair. Thus the basic weight of a hair shaft remains natural colour.

On all length of hair. This variant is opposite to the previous one. At its performance, the dye is put on the maximum volume of hair.

Popular shades:

Blond. The optimal solution for natural blondes. As an accent colour, all shades of a blonde – ashes, linen, sandy and so forth can act.

Ashtray. Perfectly approaches for owners of light skin, transparently-grey or blue eyes, light and blonde hair.

Grey. A bold variant, which is mainly chosen by young girls and ladies of age. It requires careful and painstaking discolouration, so it can worsen the condition of the curls.

Wheat. Wheat colour is often used to create balayage for blond hair.

Caramel. Caramel shades are suitable for dark and light brown hair.

Gold. Golden reflections look beautiful on light brown and brown hair.

Red. Cherry, mahogany, saturated copper and other shades of red are good for dark hair.

Purple. The shades of purple and lilac are used to create a creative balayage on brown hair.

Strawberry/ strawberry/ strawberry/pink. New season trend – light pink highlights on the hair. Usually, they are chosen by blondes and light-coloured girls.

Chocolate. Excellent shade for balayage on dark hair: black, dark chestnut and dark rustic.

Blue/green. A bold variant of dyeing, allowing to turn into a mermaid or a forest triad. When choosing it, you need to carefully select a shade and soberly assess how well it fits with your natural hair colour. Otherwise, you can get a result that will look careless and cheap.

How to choose the right dyeing option

Hair colour

The choice of shade for hair colouring depends on the original colour:

On blonde. Some girls undeservedly consider the blonde shade of hair unsightly, “mouse”. But it can be completely transformed if it is supplemented with the right shade of colour. For example, you can use walnut, grey and crusty glare and ashes to do the balayage on dark brown hair. If you have light-red curls, pay attention to wheat, linen, honey and sandy shades.

On darker ones. Balajazh looks most advantageous on brown and dark strands. Dyeing the brown hair opens up great opportunities for the master, as there are many shades that blend perfectly with the chestnut curls. Depending on the colour type of appearance, it is possible to choose warm or cold shades, favourably emphasizing the advantages of a woman’s appearance. Women of the winter and summer colour types can pay attention to the shades of bitter chocolate and mocha, cognac, eggplant, chocolate pink and violet colours. Owners of autumn appearance are recommended to look closely at the shades of milk chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, caramel, mahogany.

On redheads. Balajazh gives even more charisma and fire to red hair. In most cases, redheaded girls belong to the autumn colour type of appearance: with light skin, blue, green or light brown eyes, sometimes with freckles. The choice of shade for red hair must take these features into account. For example, it can be copper, gold, caramel, or amber. Fire-red and carrot shades can be used to create bold accents.

On light. Blondes should be especially careful when choosing the right shades for balayage. By nature, blonde girls usually belong to the spring or cold summer appearance. In the first case, warm tones should be used: wheat, honey, amber, sand and beige. In the second case it is better to pay attention to cold shades: platinum, ash, pearlescent, nut, silver-white.

On black. As the classic balayage assumes insignificant clarification, at the colouring of black hair it is necessary to refuse at once too light shades. Some girls try to combine black curls with golden and amber shades, but in most cases this idea is unsuccessful. Instead, it is better to pay attention to the shades of bitter chocolate and mocha. If you want to get a brighter look, look at the red, crimson, purple, blue and green tints. The combination of black hair and grey ashes and strands looks very stylish and elegant. But such a colour mix can highlight problematic skin and visually give a woman a few extra years.

Hair length

The balayage is suitable for hair of any length, with or without a bang:

  • Long. Strands below the shoulder blades are the most suitable solution. Red, light and dark hair allow you to experiment with dyeing, brushing and styling.
  • Short. Short hair balayage allows you to give them more daring, extra volume and charm. When dyeing short haircuts (beans, garsons, Pixies), the strands are combed vertically and dyed. The only exception is ultra-short hair (e.g. short curtains and hedgehogs), which is not long enough.
  • Medium. Balajazh on the hair of average length is perfectly combined with structured layered haircuts. For example, it can be an elongated rack, cascade and A-bob. After dyeing, the curls can be slightly curled: this will make the clarified strands more visible.
  • With Bangs. Haircuts with bangs perfectly match the balayage. Shortened bangs are not usually dyed, but extended bangs can have small, brightened areas. For example, a stylish option would be an elongated bean or bandshell.

Hair type

The hair structure must be taken into account when dyeing:

  • Straight. The balayage looks delightfully on perfectly smooth hair, therefore after colouring, it is possible to make additional shielding or icing. If you get bored with straight hair, you can simply twist it slightly. Balancing on dark straight hair is a very painstaking job. The wizard should be extremely attentive and careful, as all the mistakes will be visible on the hair.
  • Wavy. Curly curls are ideal for creating a balustrade. Lighter waves once again emphasize clarified strands, making them more noticeable.
  • Curly. The colouring of the curls makes them even more bouncy and vivid. But it should be kept in mind that curly hair (especially dark hair) is usually denser than straight hair. Therefore, they may require more than one session to brighten them.

Home staining

To make your own balazh, you need to choose the right dye.

If you have dark dense hair, you will have to use lightening powder or aggressive ammonia dyes.

Blondes and blonde hair owners can use more gentle dyeing methods: for example, demipermanent non-stigmatizing dyes.

It is also necessary to prepare the necessary tools in advance. You will need the following for the dyeing process:

Paint and a non-metallic container for its mixing.



Scrubbing with a needle at the end to separate the fine strands.


Hairdressing clamps or rubber bands.


Balajazh dyeing technique

The procedure is undesirable for clean hair, as the presence of a small amount of natural fat will create additional protection against chemical components of the dye.

To properly dye your hair, use this scheme:

  • Brush your hair and divide it into work areas. Secure strands in non-working areas with clamps.
  • Use a comb to separate the narrow strand, and place a rectangular piece of foil underneath it. Start applying the paint with free V-spaces and wrap each strand in foil (optional). Treat all strands in this way.
  • Wait for the time specified by the colouring agent manufacturer. After that, turn the foil around and wash off the paint.
  • Dry the head and do the styling.

Hair care after dyeing

Following simple hair care rules will help maintain your hair’s appearance:

Make your hair look aesthetically pleasing with nourishing and moisturizing masks. Pay attention to the tips of your hair: regularly apply oil to them for extra softness and protection.

Use shampoos, conditioners and balms from the dyed hair series.

If you do a beautiful hairstyle with a flake or iron, use thermal protection. It is advisable to reduce the frequency of use of a hairdryer and thermal appliances for styling.

Protect your hair from UV light and frost.

If you want to add a touch of novelty to your own look, but are not ready to completely dye your hair, it’s time to make a balayage. This technique will create a smooth line between natural and coloured hair, making hair more dynamic and voluminous.

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