Balayage remains one of the most popular hair colour techniques both for its beautiful blend of multidimensional highlights (balayage in French quite literally means “sweep”) and also for its low-maintenance approach.
True, installing balayage can be a fairly lengthy process (anything from 45 minutes to 3 hours), but once they’re there, they can grow out seamlessly without the need for bi-monthly retouching. The hand-painted scattering of pretty highlights means there’s no band of root regrowth, so your natural colour can blend in and still look flawless.
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Because of its relaxed painterly approach, balayage is most commonly associated with laid back beachy texture and tousled waves, but silky smooth strands can be just as mesmerising. In fact, hair colourists love a glossy straight texture to show off their artistry since a smooth canvas is the best way to showcase flawlessly blended highlights, especially when there are no waves to hide behind. And if you’ve gone to the effort of getting a gorgeous balayage, you’re gonna want to flaunt it in the best way possible.
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