The idea for Hair Fix came from constant flow of questions from readers asking questions from where to find hippy silver jewellery to what accessories to wear with a specific dress to a very specific request from Siobhan Kirk on Twitter asking if I knew any salons that did a colour technique called Balayage! Something I didn’t know about – but I knew someone who did! After a twitter chat with the guys and gals at Paul Stafford Hairdressing Siobhan booked in with colour expert Aiden at Paul Stafford Hairdressing to have this fabulous subtle colour technique. So we had to find out more!
So…what is balayage?
Aiden at Paul Stafford Hairdressing says
“Balayage is a French word meaning scanning or sweeping.
It is a hair colouring technique designed to create very natural-looking highlights that grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root.
When hair is coloured with the balayage process, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion that moves from the base to the tip of the hair. At the base, the colour is applied very lightly, while at the tip, the colour is very heavy. The result is a highlight that looks naturally lightened, and as the hair grows out, the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner colour applied to the base of the hair.”
What hair type/length works best for this technique?
“Balayage can be used on even the shortest pixie crop however the best results are on hair below the shoulders.
Balayage is best done on natural hair, but never fear, most of the work I do to create a balayage look is initially done with foils until the hair is ready to have only balayage. There are many different techniques that people use to create this look. If you’re seeing a colour specialist they should always be able to come up with a technique to achieve the look you desire that best suits your hair type and colour history.”
I’ve had ombre and my ends are bleached and damaged – can I have balayage?
“You could, but I would try and steer you away from it. As balayage is a lightening technique it will put further stress on your already damaged hair. Instead I recommend the use of semi permanent colours to soften out the look of the ombre to give the illusion of balayage. Semi permanent colours are designed for the condition and shine of the hair therefore more suitable. I’d also recommend a course of products appropriate to your hair, to rebuild the hair structure, getting your hair back to it’s maximum condition.”
Aiden at Paul Stafford Hairdressing
671 Lisburn Road
Tel: 02890 662554