Sunday 17 November 2019

Trendwatch: Balayage

Elle MacPherson is a fan of the balayage technique
Elle MacPherson is a fan of the balayage technique
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: A model waits backstage prior to the Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show at the Top Shop Venue on September 20, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sinead Van Kampen

Using painted highlights instead of dyes, Balayage looks set to turn from minor hair trend to major hair triumph. First appearing in the salons of Paris and on the catwalks of Giles SS10 show, it promises less maintenance, a more natural finish and to be kinder on our wallets.

Here's our take on a trend that finally promises less trips to the salon:

Don't do the catwalk version

If God wanted us to have hair which looked like it had been tie-dyed using colours of orange and blue, he would have made each and every one of his creatures substitute teachers.

At an absolute push, blondes can wear in a touch of pink and brunettes can add a touch or two of grey, but generally speaking that's as wild as it gets!

Don't do it yourself

Call the professionals. Balayage won't work for everyone. The look is subtle, blended, and skillfully created by painting highlights onto hair.

If God had wanted us to spend our evenings experimenting with foils, bags or caps before watching our hair fall in clumps down a plug hole he would have made us all substitute teachers.

Work with what you have

Balayage tends to work best with long hair and if you already have highlights you will have to go back to your natural colour.

Being French, chic and cheap, it is the antithesis of WAG styling.

Forget the bleached hair, forget big handbags and forget bling. Keep the look subtle and no more than a few shades up or down from your own natural colour.

And Finally ...

Apart from the fact it's cheaper, there are some very good reasons to go with it.

As Balayage uses less dye, it's kinder to hair. You also get four months between treatments, and if that were not enough, it's very, very now.

If you're not sure about the last point, see Sarah Jessica Parker and Elle Macpherson. Do they ever look 'not very now', or not rich? Exactly.

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