It is the classic among hairstyle trends: the balayage dyeing technique is one of the most popular of all and the photos of perfectly flowing color transitions are probably the ones that hairdressers are most often shown. However, balayage is increasingly facing competition, most recently from so-called hair frosting. Time for a reinvention! The hairstyle trend around French balayage is coming in spring 2022 at the right time. We explain what the new technology is all about.
Back to the roots: as early as the 1970s, the highlight coloring technique called balayage came up in the course of the hippie movement in France. The term is derived from the French word "balayer", which translates roughly as "sweep". Sweeping because selected strands are brushed loosely with the brush, starting at the roots, in a movement similar to sweeping. That has the effect is that soft transitions and a natural look are created, especially if the highlights are only a few shades lighter than the natural or base color. Predominantly warm blonde tones are selected, which are intended to achieve a "sun-kissed" appearance.
The difference to French balayage is that the hair is only colored from the middle of the hair length to the tips, creating a gentle color gradient. The natural hair color remains untouched at the roots, so the strands look even more subtle. The effect? It almost seems as if the face is framed by a soft shimmer that makes it look healthy and radiant. The perfect look for spring!
Basically, the dyeing technique is suitable for every hair type, every hair length, and every hair color. However, French balayage works best with brown hair, because this is how accents in honey blonde or copper come into their own. French balayage also works well in dark blonde hair. The hairstyle trend looks wonderfully fresh and spring-like thanks to the lightened tips. This is further emphasized by a casual styling with slightly wavy or curly hair, but French balayage also works with straightened strands.
However, anyone who decides on French balayage should consider: As casual and effortless as the result looks in the end, it is usually not the way to get there. In any case, it is advisable to go to your trusted hairdressing salon for this coloring technique and hand over the brush to a professional. Setting the highlights in the right place so that they optimally accentuate the face in the sense of face-framing and making the transitions look really natural is an art in itself.
But the care of the hairstyle is then all the easier: Color-protecting shampoos and conditioners keep the hair color fresh and shiny for as long as possible. Otherwise, you can just sit back and relax. Because French Balayage definitely has one big advantage: you don't have to be so precise with the annoying touch-up of roots.