What is Balayage?

Balayage is a hair colouring technique that originated from France in the 1970s. The freehand highlighting technique is where the colour is applied by hand rather than using foiling or cap techniques. The dye is painted onto the hair to build soft contrast into the hair and create a gradual gentle effect from root to tip.


Balayage can be used to achieve a natural, sun-kissed colour on a variation of hair lengths types and styles, also allowing re-growth to look natural and unnoticeable. The idea behind balayage is to create a natural and multi-toned finish, using patches of lighter colour to create multiple dimensions of colour.


When choosing balayage, your colourist will work with you to create a fresh, effortless look unique to the hair colour you want to achieve. It’s great if you’re looking for a refresh of colour without a new-you emerging from the hairdressers.


Colourist Balayage  Half Head Balayage Full Head Waving / Forme
Head of Colour 250 330
Creative Director 220 280 95
Artistic Director 200 250
Senior Technician 170 215
Technician 150 180
Jack Howard 360 480
Jack Howard Face Frame 205

Types of Balayage

At Paul Edmonds, we offer a range of Balayage techniques that give different results on your hair. The techniques we offer at our Battersea and Knightsbridge salons are:

Classic Balayage

The typical balayage method, classic balayage, involves a natural-looking result with root-to-tip application allowing the hair to refresh its colour without much change.

Creative Balayage

Creative balayage uses a similar method to the normal balayage application, with a different range of colour tones. This can create a more dramatic look for your hair if simply lightening your current colour isn’t the style you’re after.

Micro Balayage

For a small change to your hair, try micro balayage. This technique takes small sections of hair and adds soft natural highlights around the face. This is great if you want to add volume to your hair.

Californian Balayage

This element of balayage focuses on much heavier highlights than the classic balayage technique, with a more prominent root colour. The colour is more focused around fading from lighter to dark in a more striking tone. With a Californian Balayage, you’re able to keep your colour much longer, as it will last throughout the entire season, starting out heavy and grow out into a lived-in finish – therefore the upkeep is totally dependant on the look you’re going for.

How is Balayage Applied?

Balayage is applied using a freehand method, suitable for most hair types. You won’t be in the hairdressers as long as if you were having foil highlights for example, and the upkeep of the balayage hairstyle requires less maintenance.

How Long Does Balayage Take?

As balayage involves applying hair dye by hand, this will depend on the colours you’re looking to achieve. Simple highlights take 45 minutes whereas a layered balayage take up to three hours. Depending on your natural hair colour, it may take longer for your colourist to lighten your hair to get to the ideal colour you want. We’d say book a few hours out in your calendar, and relax in the hands of Paul Edmonds very best colourist


How Long Does a Balayage Last?

Balayage doesn’t require much upkeep as traditional colour methods. The blended finish of the method means you can go up to four months before needing a top-up.


How is Balayage Different From Normal Hair Colouring?

For a typical hair colouring, foil is often used, or “block colour” is painted on to get you to the full head of colour you want to achieve. As balayage highlights are painted on freehand, you’ll get a much more natural look, without the worry of “stripey colour” after your visit. Balayage is totally bespoke to you and your requirements, so you can have a unique and natural looking colour done by our colourists.
Does Balayage sound like the right colour choice for you? If so, get in touch with our salon today to book your appointment with one of our talented colourists!