(Closed) NWR- BALAYAGE? Who has it? Any hair stylist bees?

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Post # 2
578 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Balayage is pronounced “bah-lay-ahj”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VOZflfQQzo


I have it and it was about the same cost as full highlights. I love it and am finding is easier to maintain.  but I do tend to get tired of the same hair so I’ll probably switch it up in the next month.

Post # 3
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I loooooove it. Ive been doing them for the past year. its so natural and you dont notice when it grows out. Its very beachy mermaid looking The trick is finding a stylist who can do a good one.   

Post # 4
4954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have it as well and love it! My natural hair color is a dark ash blonde and I’m in the process of getting it to be like your inspo picture for my wedding. At my salon, it is about the same cost as highlights, but wayyy less maintainence. I’m getting mine done a few sessions in a row so I get the desired lightness (I dyed my hair medium brown last spring, so there’s some brassiness to get through), but after that, I’ll only go once or twice a year to get it touched up. My friends who had it done on their natural color rarely have to go and I’m super jealous of how little money they’re spending on upkeep! I will note that you may need more than one session to get that much lightness depending on the color/health of your hair right now.

 ETA: For maintenance comparison, I would get regular highlights every 8-10 weeks and that’s completely unnecessary with balayage.  I do get my hair toned a good bit, but that’s because I really love cool toned hair and it’s really hard to get that to stay at the level my hair is at now.

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Post # 5
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I. Love. This. So. Much. Following!

Post # 6
460 posts
Helper bee

I can’t really give a proper answer without seeing how your hair is at the min to get an idea of the amount of highlights you would need.

Usually the first go is the most expensive but after that its easier to maintain than regular highlights especially if you keep the hair at the root area your natural colour or atleast dye it as close to your natural colour as possible which means you won’t need to do your roots very often at all (unless it’s to cover grey)

Just every few months I would suggest refreshing the blonde to get rid of any brassy tones that tend to appear after a while.

Post # 7
4839 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had it for a while. Very expensive, like $300 per session. I have very long thick hair though. The problem with it was it would go orangey and need to be touched up, but because the technique pulls different hairs it eventually looked more ombre than balyage. My hair was completely trashed from it. Dried it out, so tangly. I would not do it again.

Post # 8
39 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have had it. I really loved it because it wasn’t nearly as much maintenance as regular highlights. I’ve gotten it done at two salons and it was a bit more expensive than highlights but worth it in my opinion!

Post # 9
9539 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I love it. I get it done every 3 months or so and go slightly lighter each time. And each time it looks even better as there are more and more shades going on and mixing together. If I wasn’t wanting to go lighter I’d go in 1-2 times a year maybe.

I was cautious at first because my natural color is dark brown (and I started with virgin hair) and I didn’t want super obvious streaks all over my head so went subtle at first and just keep building on that.

I pay a pretty penny for it since I started it when my colorist was an apprentice and had low rates and now she’s at a much higher rate but I love her so dearly that i won’t use anyone else. 

Post # 10
1337 posts
Bumble bee

That photo looks more of an obre to me. Balayage is essentially painting on highlights instead of using foils. It cost about the same as a highlight for me. I liked it when I had it done. Very little upkeep. You might have to go a couple times to get it like your inspiration photo.

Post # 11
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I love it. I used to do my own balayage, I have a funny knack for doing hair. Balayage is wonderful though because it requires little maintenance. Just wash and condition well and take care of the colour. Between salon visits it’s so easy to paint on a few highlights if you feel that higher up towards your roots is looking a bit naked.

Post # 12
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have had it (or something like it) for about 3 years and only do a touch up every year or so. It grows out really nicely if it’s done well. I did have it done really poorly recently when I had to go to a new stylist because my old one moved and it was a nightmare to fix – as other posters have said, it’s supposed to look very natural, it’s also sometimes called “lived in hair” and is painted on. This new person did it where it did NOT look natural or painted on at all, but I changed my way of searching for a stylist and ended up with an outcome that I really love now.

My advice would be to go to someone who specializes in it (which may cost a little more, but it’s worth it because you won’t have to pay to have it fixed and you’ll need maintenance less often). You could call your salon (or any salon) and ask if they have someone who regularly does this technique. However, the most effective way I found to find someone good was to look at instagram/facebook accounts for stylists/salons in my city – I found someone who had several pictures of really pretty balayage in the technique that I wanted (fairly subtle). I called and made an appointment with her and she did a gorgeous job fixing the previous fiasco. That was 4 months ago and I don’t think I’ll need to do it again until next year. She was about double the cost of the original stylist who botched it, but it would have been a lot less expensive if I had just gone to the more experienced stylist first, haha.

Post # 13
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I love balayage. I used to have long black hair. But black hair doesnt show much texture in photos. So I dyed my hair before the wedding and paid $250, with tips.

Here is my hair before 

And right after dyeing 

And my hair in the wedding, worth every penny.

And the back 

Post # 14
460 posts
Helper bee

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HoneysHoney:  It’s Balayage, there’s just different variations depending on where you want the highlights to start ftom and how intense.

Post # 15
167 posts
Blushing bee

Stylist here. Expensive, but lower maintenance than regular foil highlights, and in my opinion, much prettier

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