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Balayage. Ombre is out. Balayage is in, has been, and is becoming a classic. Gorgeous freehand hilights for natural looking and custom, creative color.
Ladies, hold on to your hair foils! What we're about to tell you may have serious and far-reaching consequences. Balayage or what many know as balayage, that dip-dyed, dark-at-the-roots, light-at-the-ends look that half of Bondi seems to be sporting is on its way out. Super colorist and John Frieda ambassador Harry Josh (responsible for Mary Kate Olsen and Rose Byrne's recent brunette transformations) confirmed the news backstage at Zac Posen.
"For the past two years we've seen such a big trend with ombre and the dark roots and the bleached ends, and obviously some of these girls are still rocking that look. It's not that it' over, but when you think about sophistication and glamour, that's not what you think of. You think of one solid color; you think that a girl with money is not going to have roots. Senior colorist at Oscar Oscar in Sydney's Paddington, Michael Kelly, agrees. 's ratty, it's tatty. It doesn't look luxurious. It looks cheap, like your color has grown out and you haven't been able to afford to go to the salon and get your color done. Girls see pictures on street style blogs and they want that hard, ombrÃ© look, but everyone ends up looking the same, says Kelly.
So many people don't understand that balayage can be done beautifully, and that it's a technique, not a look. Balayage is French for sweeping, and it's a way to create light and shade through the hair by applying color visually, often with a brush and paddle, explains Kelly, who uses balayage to brighten blondes to Nordic proportions and amp up the volume, texture and tossability on brunettes.
For a total has-she-or-hasn't-she? type of highlighting Kelly uses a technique called finesse balayage, where the sections and strands of hair are much finer and the process more detailed.
The seamlessness and precision of this application can leave the hair looking like you've been on the beach in the South of France for three months. Itâ€™s soft and pretty, the most natural of all looks. When done correctly it can illuminate features, soften out skin tones and minimize the amount of make-up a client may have to wear. This is balayage as it should be. by Sigourney Cantelo. via: vogue