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Over the foil highlights? Try balayage!

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Over the foil highlights? Try balayage!

Ever heard of balayage? Chances are you’ve seen it at least. Celebs such as Nicole Ritchie, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Beil, and Jennifer Lopez have been sporting the look for some time now.

Balayage is a highlighting technique where color is applied by painting individual strands. Unlike foils, which usually distribute highlights in a pattern, balayage highlights are applied freeform using a paintbrush. The benefit of balayage is that it doesn’t show regrowth as quickly as foils do – the regrowth is more natural and in some cases, adds to the overall look, especially if one is going for the popular ombre look.

Here are some celebs sporting the balayage:

hairpainting nice and easy by clairolWhile it’s best to get this done in the salon, there is an option for home use, Hairpainting Nice ‘n Easy Blonde Highlights Kit by Clairol. It looks simple enough – mix up the bleach and paint on using the supplied brush. The instruction booklet has some helpful tips for highlight placement.

But for something as involved as this, the salon is your best option. Not every salon has a stylist trained in balayage, however, so it’s best to call and ask if they provide such services. In NYC, Valery Joseph salons are formally trained and have three salons on the Upper East Side as well as a seasonal salon in Bridgehampton. Here in Virginia Beach, there is only one salon that I was able to find who performed balayage – Dupre’s Salon and Day Spa.


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