Gone are the days of sitting for 2 hours to have a full head of foil highlights packed into your hair… Balayage

 has been coming increasingly popular in the mainstream and now at the painted lady it is one of our most popular colour services…

What is a balayage?

Is a freehand highlighting technique that creates natural looking highlights… also known as Californian highlights the word “Balayage” comes from a French word meaning “to sweep”.


In Balayage just the surface of the hair is coloured to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre.

Does a balayage damage my hair?


All colour services can slightly damage your hair.  But using Olaplex can drastically reduce breakage. Have a look here to find out more about Olaplex

We always recommend you use a salon quality shampoo conditioner and hair mask to keep your hair silky and soft after the colour process. At the Painted Lady we use Davines and Evo, both eco conscious 


and animal  friendly brands.

Does a balayage have to be blonde?

No, once we have lightened the hair we can tone with many other shades depending on how light your hair has been lifted. We tone now with of fun colours such as blue pink and purple

How often do i need to maintain the colour

Because the colour is softly blended it grows out beautifully and more naturally so you won’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments.

And for the virgin hair girls, balayage is the perfect way to start your hair colour adventure because it is can be so natural that there is very little commitment after you have it coloured for the first time.

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair.

Most hairdressers would agree that you will achieve best results on virgin hair, but who has virgin hair colour these days right?

You would need to come in for a strand test and a patch test before hand to see that we can safely lift your hair.

Balayage can also look amazing on really curly hair to create beautiful depth to the colour and it is equally lovely on straight hair too.

What if my hair is really dark and I want it really light?

In this case, especially if you have already had colour on your hair, we would need to do a strand test to see how much it will lift.

How do you do a strand test?

A strand test is when we take a small amount of your hair from the back where yo cant see it and lift colour using bleach to see that the integrity of the hair is maintained. One of our qualified stylists will be back in touch to let you know how the colour lifted.

Hair by Alice and Pier at the Painted lady.

Give us a call on 02077292154 to discuss or to book a balayage with us.

or book online here

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