Instagram, Tiktok, and Co. have made this hair color one of the biggest trends, which, thanks to social media, has developed from the secret favorite of hairdressers to the biggest favorite in salons: When it comes to highlights, everyone wears French from now on balayage! But what makes this hair coloring technique so special and what distinguishes it from the previous balayage? We tell you everything you need to know about the new hair color trend!
Balayage has long since eclipsed all previous strand techniques. While a few years ago countless foils still adorned the heads in hairdressing salons, the color cream is now "swept" into the entire upper hair day after day with a special, foil-free coloring technique and at uneven intervals - because that means "balayer" in French. This brings us to the actual topic: French Balayage!
According to Adam Reed, UK brand ambassador for L'Oreal Professionnel, this new color philosophy is about taking balayage back to its Parisian roots, "to create that effortless color that many are searching for right now." What does that mean? In contrast to the previously known balayage, in which the highlights are distributed over the entire top of the head and the color cream is applied up to a few centimeters before the roots, this stranding technique only starts from the middle of the hair length and is pulled from there to the tips.
For even smoother transitions, after lightening, your hair is finished with a light tint such as a so-called milkshake. The color result of a French balayage is even more natural than that of balayage! Annoying approaches? Not with this highlighting technique. On the other hand, your tips always look like you've been on summer vacation for the last few weeks.
As with a balayage, the French variant is also about color nuances in super-natural transitions. In their basic idea, these should only differ in two to three-tone depths, but true professionals can conjure up brilliant color results from inconspicuous to the extreme with the right technique. Anyone who wants natural highlights in their hair will love the balayage effect. Thus, the dyeing technique is suitable for all initial hair colors. It doesn't matter whether it's blonde, copper, brown or black, with French balayage highlights you can refine any hair - both natural and already chemically pre-treated.
And what hair length is the best basic requirement for the balayage look? From a long mane to a cavi cut to a chin long bob, almost all hair lengths are suitable for the French look. With one exception: short hair. Because here it is difficult to ensure an even result.
In today's DIY age, many people like to use paint and brushes themselves when it comes to hair color. No wonder, because with a simple guide, it is possible to touch up the roots that have grown out. If you want to convince yourself, you can watch our video tutorial directly. But it's not always easy to dye your hair yourself...
Because while an approach can be easily recolored with a little skill, a stranding technique like French Balayage shows why going to a professional is always the better choice. Because this coloration technique requires expertise, as each strand is worked in by hand. So if you want a natural color gradient in freshly dyed hair, you should put yourself in the hands of professional hairdressers.