What is Balayage?


Balayage is a highlighting technique created to mimic what the sun naturally does to lighten the hair. The techniques creates a soft, more “natural” dimensional effect. To achieve this look, artist are trained in the art of “sweeping” their color brushes to create soft blended dimension.

Balayage Mimics How the Sun Lightens Hair
Creates a “Natural” Dimensional Effect
Balayage is a Blondeing Service

A clay based lightener is used and processed open air with plastic instead of foils. The softness is created by less lightness at the root and getting more brightness towards the mids and ends of where the balayage is placed. This dark to light effect allows for less maintenance s you can go long in between touchups.

Balayage tends to be a longer service and cost more because it isn’t always a basic pattern like traditional highlights. Instead the artist must take the time to carefully and artistically place the balayage in a strategic manner.




All Blonding services like Balayage, Dimensional Blonding, Babylights, Highlighting, etc. are considered “Custom Blonding” at Ivy + Oak.

Who Should Get Balayage?

Even though the actual technique of balayage was created and most effective on natural blondes level 7 and up, which rarely and almost never requires a toner, the fast popularity of balayage has allowed artist to put their own twist on things to create this “natural” and low maintenance look.

Traditional balayage is best for those who who have a lighter natural blonde.However, the way that stylist have created ways to give anyone of any hair color level achieve the look any one can achieve this beautiful look. Make sure you consult with your stylist what you are trying to achieve with your desired hair look. Traditional balayage is not meant for darker levels wanting to be ashy and more that 3 levels lightener.


Dimensional Blonding

If you are naturally dark and your desired look is to be more than 3 levels lighter with minimal warmth, stylist will most likely need to use various techniques and it may take several sessions to create a soft cooler hair color that looks like a traditional balayage.

Experts in Balayage


Scott the owner is an educator in the industry and provides minimum once a month education classes for his staff. Continuing education keeps everyone at lvy + Oak up to date with current trends and techniques in the industry.

Having the opportunity to learn from other experts in the beauty industry allows us to not only create the hair of dreams for our guest but it also allows us to help navigate our clients through the rapidly changing trends. Along with trends constantly changing so does the ever evolving hair lingo.

Balayage is now just a “buzz word”. The term balayage has gotten interpreted in various ways that no one is quite sure what balayage means and it gets confused with not being a technique rather people believing it is the name of a hair color such as ” caramel” or ” chocolate” when you sit in our chairs you will be given a thorough consultation that will allow us to translate.

What is NOT Balayage?

The standards of beauty and the ways to achieve those standards are constantly changing. The use of social media has caused trends to come and go so fast and it is nearly impossible to keep up with it all. The term balayage has evolved from a technique used to recreate what the hair naturally does in nature into a “buzz word”.

When people search the term balayage a variation of pictures come up. Clients are left to try and figure out what that is. Some have jumped to the conclusion that balayage is term to describe a certain shade of blonde. Balayage is NOT a color.

Balayage is a term for a specific technique used to achieve what the sun naturally does to the hair. The trend began in France because stylist wanted to achieve what they saw on the Californian blondes who got their highlights from the sun not in a salon.


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