Balayage is a French colouring technique developed in the 70s, where colour is applied by hand in a sweeping motion to create delicate ribbons throughout your hair (in French, ‘balayage’ means ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’!). It emulates how your strands naturally become lighter when exposed to the sun.
By flawlessly transitioning dark ends to a lighter shade, the Balayage process adds more depth and dimension in your hair. Whether you want a radiant ‘just got back from summer holidays’ look or something more sophisticated, Balayage can add that extra “je ne sais quois” to your appearance.
Because the Balayage technique is softer and more free-flowing than traditional highlights, your regrowth is far less noticeable. Hand colouring also lets you carefully control where to apply colour, creating a totally personalised finish that complements your haircut, skin tone and facial features.
Upkeep is minimal but really depends on the look you want. Because the Balayage technique is meticulously crafted, your colour can last an entire season, starting off eye-catching-ly strong before slowly fading into subtle wisps of colour.
Ombré and Balayage are similar in style but often confused. The word ‘ombré’ means ‘shadow’ and refers to the actual look, which is deeper in contrast, like a finessed ‘dip-dye’. This look is created using the Balayage technique but is much more dramatic. Ombré is best suited to black or brunette hair and requires slightly more maintenance than Balayage as it grows out. Read more about Ombré hair colouring here.
Anyone can be a Balayage babe! No matter what your hair type, length or colour, Balayage can help create tousled, beachy waves for long, luscious locks or highlight sharp edges on a modern bob. Even the shortest of pixie cuts gets a beautiful lift with a touch of Balayage. Your colourist can help match your natural colour with the best tone to bring more life and vitality to your hair.
While blonde is one of our most popular Balayage colours (picture bronze to golden buttery tones) dark chocolate to fiery tips or ice-touched blonde are also popular choices – the options are infinite!
Our award-winning, professional stylists and colourists are ready to help create the most beautiful and oh-so-flattering look that’s just right for you. Visit your nearest rokk ebony salon for the best Balayage treatments in Melbourne.Find a salon