Balayage is the hair colour trend that truly changed the game. Now women could achieve that “just back from holiday” naturally sun-kissed look, without leaving their hometown! At Christian Wiles Hairdressing Salon in Northampton, we are the experts in balayage hair colour.

The Balayage Colour Experts in Northampton

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us when we are children.

Why is Balayage Better?

Traditional foil highlights are becoming a thing of the past, they have such an 80’s look and certainly not something the modern woman wants. Look at most A-list celebs and you rarely see a classic foil highlight, you will see a natural looking finish such as balayage.

Our hair colour experts will work with your haircut and natural hair growth patterns as well as the variance of tones in your hair, for a totally bespoke finish. Because it’s hand-painted, your Christian Wiles colourist can choose the placements to best complement your haircut, skin and features so it looks naturally coloured, unless you opt for a fashion colour balayage!

It’s also super speedy, meaning you don’t have to sit so long in the chair, and it grows out beautifully meaning less maintenance, so less frequent visits to our Northampton hair salon.

What Is The Difference Between Balayage and Ombré?

Balayage is a French word that means to “sweep or paint” and is a highlighting technique. Ombré means to shadow, and it’s a seamless gradiation from darker to lighter. Many clients do get the two confused which is why it is so important to have an in-depth colour consultation with a Christian Wiles balayage expert. 

Sombré is a much softer version of ombré. 

What Is The Difference Between Balayage and Highlights?

Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights, less is more when creating soft, natural looking hair colour. There’s no stripy look like you can get with foil highlights, balayage simply emulates the parts of your hair that would naturally lighten in the sun.

What Should I Do Before Getting a Balayage?

At Christian Wiles Hairdressing Salon in Northampton, we believe that your hair colour consultation is an essential part of the colour process – you should have a consultation with your colourist at least 48 hours before your appointment so that they can talk you through the options and give you an allergy test.

Ensure that you bring in balayage images in that you love to demonstrate what you’re seeing in your head when you ask for balayage – either from a magazine or on your phone. Your Christian Wiles colourist will be able to tell you if it’ll suit your skin tone – there are so many great shades out there, some warm, some cool, but you need to get it right for you.

Does Balayage Hair Colour Work on Textured Hair?

Balayage works on all textures, and in some ways curly hair is easier to apply a balayage too because you can pick out each curl you want to apply colour to. The pre-lightener (bleach) or colour choice is dependent on the finished look you want to achieve, not the texture, although we would ensure that the condition and integrity of your natural hair is not compromised by hair colour. 

Does Balayage Work On Any Hair Colour?

Balayage can be used with any hair colour, whether that is blonde, brunette, red or even fashionable pastel hair colours. 

Can You Have a Balayage on Short Hair?

Absolutely – even with short hair, balayage hair colour follows the same principles, application is dictated by the haircut and should always flow naturally.