Our desire for highlights all started back in the day with frosting, that terrible, sometimes painful stabbing of the head with a crochet hook into a cap to pull out the desired hair to be lightened. As much of an ordeal it was, we were all hooked from there on out with highlights.
The next popular process that arrived was foiling, the process of weaving out the hair you want highlighted and encasing them into the foil with lightener or color applied to the hair. It's a very versatile service that can create a very all over blonde look to just a few subtle highlights.
Now on to actually answering the dang question of the whole blog!! The newest, Balayage, is the hottest currently most requested color service. It can create a very soft result that many have referred to as the natural little kid sunkissed highlights we all dream about. It can be used for face framing brightening highlights or big bold streaks that make sexy beach waves really pop. It blends out softer at the root than foils therefore allowing for a much less noticeable grow out period.
The literal definition of the word is ...
ba·lay·ageˌbalāˈyäZH (actually spoken as Bali Ahh Sh)
noun: balayage; noun: baliage; noun: balliage
The French origin of the word is what really describes the process of the application. It is a very creative application process where the stylist paints or "sweeps" the lightener or color onto the hair in a organic way that can really give the stylist free form to decide the outcome for the client.
The often talked about Ombre' service is when the bottom is primarily the only portion of the hair that is lightened. It is also another highly requested service but there are now many offspring variants breaking out. Sombre' is becoming popular too which stands for "subtle Ombre'". Today I just saw on Twitter an article posted by Pro Hairdresser Mag that another new term is Ombralyage which is really just connecting the Ombre with Balayage. Many stylists have been using these techniques for awhile our industry is just really now giving actual titles to them.
Many times stylist will combine these techniques to achieve the look our clients are requesting. Ok, well I have only met a few stylists that still use frosting anymore. It is an exciting time for hair color and the freedom and creativity we as stylists are able to put out into the world. Our industry more than ever is about an art form not just putting some color on the head and calling it good.
It is important you really have a thorough consultation with your stylist about what your desired results are. Pinterest is a great resource to show this, I try to break out my iPad with Pinterest whenever I can. Talk with your stylist about the effect you want, the style you will wear and how long you will realistically go without coming back in to retouch your service.
As always you can Facebook message me, text me or email me with any questions you have or if you are just looking for help with ideas. Of course I would love to see you in my chair but if nothing else I really hope this has shed some light for you on this crazy French word sweeping the beauty industry!
Have a great weekend all!
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