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Everything you need to know about balayage

Sweepers are back, like never before. There are reasons why this hair trend remains popular. A balayage looks great on everyone, is low maintenance and won’t damage your hair. We’ve put together everything you need to know about this technique, with the help of Dessange color expert Sebastien Maurizio.

What is balayage?

“Contrary to popular belief, balayage is a color application technique, rather than a specific color itself. Balayage is a freehand blonding technique and consists of lightening the color already present in the hair, whether it is natural or colored. The perfect sun-kissed balayage gives the illusion that the hair has been naturally lightened by the sun. By using this technique, you create soft, multi-dimensional, natural-looking highlights.

Why does balayage remain a timeless classic?

“Balayage has continued to evolve over the years, which has allowed it to remain in vogue. The technique is so popular because of its natural effect that can be adapted to any hair and skin color, texture, type and cut. Balayage is suitable for everyone and is extremely versatile.

Is balayage high maintenance?

“For low maintenance, keep the base color as close to your natural color as possible. If you don’t mind more maintenance, you can opt for more lightening. The closer you get to the roots, the more regrowth there will be, requiring more maintenance. To maintain harmony in the hair, I recommend balayage every 8-10 weeks.

How do I maintain it at home?

“It’s important to use the right products because the process of bleaching changes the condition of the hair. To maintain a balayage at home, you need to use shampoos and care products adapted to colored and bleached hair.

Does balayage work on gray hair?

“Of course, but gray hair will not lighten. In this case, it’s best to choose a lightening that’s close to your current color, preferably in beige tones.

Does balayage damage the hair?

“If the professional does the balayage correctly, the hair will not be damaged. However, it will be drier, so it is important to nourish and moisturize it with a hair mask to keep it shiny and healthy. If the hair is dyed too often and too much, there is a good chance that it will be further damaged.

To summarize: what are the advantages of this technique?

“A balayage looks more natural than traditional highlights, which often have more clearly defined lines. It’s low-maintenance and less damaging to the hair because the bleach is limited to certain strands and lengths.

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