The Beauty of Balayage Highlights

Balayage is a hair coloring technique designed to give people a softer, more natural look than traditional highlighting methods.

Not sure if this kind of highlighting service is right for you? Here’s how balayage differs from traditional and ombre highlights so you can make the best choice for your own sense of style:

Balayage vs. Regular Highlighting

For traditional highlights, hair is separated into sections with foils. The foil highlighting technique saturates the whole section of hair. Highlighting can be dramatic or very natural in appearance, depending on the look you’re going for. Many of our guests prefer highlighting because we color hair close to the root.


With balayage, by contrast, the colorist paints the hair. The colorist starts off small at the top, and the pieces closer to the ends of the hair get lighter. The result is a look where the new hair growth can blend in well with the colored hair, creating less of a harsh line between the two.


The idea behind blonde balayage is to provide a more natural, sun-kissed look. With proper balayage, the hair has such a natural appearance, it looks like it has been lightened by the sun over time.

Whether you choose regular highlighting or balayage really comes down to your personal preference and the effect you want to achieve. Tell your Essence Salon stylist about the look you want, and we’ll bring it to life!

Balayage Hair Color vs. Ombre

Balayage is also different from ombre hair color, which is a great way to transition from dyed hair back to a natural color. Ombre haircolor essentially creates a gradient. The haircolor goes from lighter at the ends of the hair, to a darker shade at the root.

Ombre haircolor generally requires larger sections than balayage. The section is typically fully saturated at the ends of the hair. Also, with ombre, the section may not reach all the way to the crown of the head. Instead, a smaller amount of lightener is spread in the mid-lengths of the hair. Balayage is really more about a more subtle look than ombre is.

If you’re interested in how balayage techniques can enhance your features and your hair’s natural beauty, contact us or book online today!