Balayage – Advanced Color Techniques

Bala-what? Forget the foil and upgrade to Balayage for your next hair color treatment.

Balayage comes from the French term, “to sweep or to paint”, and it totally makes sense. This style of hair coloring is painted on to the hair for a natural, sweeping color application, giving your hair a multidimensional look that will be the envy of everyone who sees it.

You’ve likely seen or heard about this exciting new hair color technique. Whether you’ve seen it walking around, browsing Instagram or on the red carpet, this is the new hair trend everyone is talking about.


The secret to Balayage is the technique. Unlike foil highlights, balayage is more artful and expressive. Your stylist can create smooth, natural highlights by applying the color as a painter would. This is a much more elegant and natural technique than cramming sections of hair into foil and hoping for the best. Because of the freedom the stylist has with the color, it is very important to not only pick a stylist who knows what they’re doing, but has a taste and technique that suits your individual style.

What about Ombre?

Ombre is another popular type of color painting technique but has a more obvious contrast than balayage. Think of a color gradient that clearly changes from one shade to another. This is more akin to the look of an ombre. Ombre is typically applied horizontally across the hair with a higher concentration on the ends. The color is then blended upward toward the roots to create a smooth transition.

Ombre has been described more as a style, whereas balayage is more of a technique. One is no better than the other, it’s just a matter of what style you are looking for. Ombre styles tend to be more dramatic and balayage is more natural-looking. That being said, the amount of creativity you can have is nearly endless, no matter which style you choose.

Which one is for me?

Having trouble deciding which technique is right for you? We first recommend looking for inspiration. There’s no shortage of photos to browse and hairstyles to look at with social media and the internet. When searching for inspiration, make sure that you keep the shape of your face in mind. What looks great on one person may not be suited for another. It would be a shame to find the perfect style only to realize it doesn’t look so great on you after the work is done. This same principle also applies to hair type and growth patterns. Make sure you find a look that you can actually wear and suits your hair and face type.

Once you’ve found some good inspiration the next step is to talk to a stylist. An experienced stylist will have worked with many clients with different hair types and colors. If you are having a hard time determining if a look will work for you, an experienced stylist will be able to help you sort it out. 

Finding a Balayage Professional

If you are looking for Balayage in Melbourne FL, contact us at Salon Madeline. We are proud to use the most advanced Aveda products to color and treat our clients’ beautiful hair. We have a range of specialized products, and our expert stylists will be able to choose the best ones to keep your hair healthy and your color staying beautiful.

Our stylists are experienced in a wide range of techniques and methods. Whatever style or treatment you want for your hair, the hair colorists at Salon Madeleine can help you get that perfect look and give you the tools to keep it looking great.