Balayage can be weaved through locks in the full spectrum of hair colors, but it’s blonde balayage that catapulted the technique into the beauty trend sphere. We’re talking years back here, when a slew of sun-kissed highlights started cropping up on the red carpet, adorning the likes of Alexa Chung, Lily Aldridge and Gisele Bundchen. Each of them was seen working a scattering of soft, blonde tones through the mid-lengths and ends – and it wasn’t long before a deluge of blonde balayage requests hit hair salons.
Balayage allows you, the colorist, to embrace your creativity and place pre-lightener where you see fit, adding bespoke ‘lights to the hair for a brightening boost. Typically, it’s applied without foils, though you can add them to increase the level of lift. This is known on Instagram as ‘foilyage’.