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SS17: Return of the Balayage

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 as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines.

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balayage

ˈbalɪjɑːʒ/

noun

  1. a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

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    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 as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.

    How is it applied?
    Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t vey soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

    What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?
    It’s totally bespoke to you! A good balayage expert will be able to place the colour to suit your skin tone, so it’ll look amazing and really light up your features. But don’t get it confused with layage – a similar but more precise technique.

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    What’s making it so popular recently?
    It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Now it’s becoming better known because all the models and A-listers are wearing it. Clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets and want to get that finish rather than the uniform highlights that foils give.

    Does it require a lot of maintenance?
    Very little. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.

    Hair Extensions + Balayage = Hair Goals
    At Vixen & Blush, our bespoke colour match is one of our biggest skills that sets us apart. This includes matching your hair extensions to your existing balayage, or having one of our super experienced, amazing, gifted even colourists create a new balayage for you. Below are some of my favourites from recent clients!

    To book your free consultation give us a call on 0207 3231793 or e-mail hairextensions@vixenanblush.com

Sarah Mckenna
Founder

Sarah McKenna is the founder of Vixen & Blush and The London Hair Lab. Sarah graduated as a research biochemist in 2005 and started a career within the pharmaceutical industry, before becoming a hair extensions expert. In 2010, Sarah gained insight into the hair extensions industry and could see that clients had a very poor value/quality proposition. At that time, poor-quality hair extensions were available, at prohibitively high prices. Sarah left her initial career and set out on a mission to improve the hair extensions industry in the UK, using her research and development skills.

Spending 3 years securing a high-quality and sustainable supply of human hair, Sarah then developed new products and fitting techniques to allow long-term refits of the same hair. In this way, Sarah was able to offer hair extensions services at a more affordable price to clients, while improving the quality of the service for her clients.

With Vixen & Blush starting in 2012 as a 1 chair salon in London, Sarah quickly grew the business to what it is today, a team of more than 20 hair professionals working together as London’s leading hair extensions specialists.