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Balayage Highlights

  • Balayage allows hair stylists to release their inner Van Gogh

  • Balayage resembles the "Was yachting in the Mediterranean" look 

  • Balayage color combo was all I needed

  • Get balayage color for a sunny glow 

  • Jealous of your daughter's hair color? Get balayage highlights

  • Balayage face-framing pieces saved my hair.... and wallet

  • Balayage highlights for non-dishwater blonde 

  • Balayage highlights to polish the tips

  • Chose balayage to perk up my hair color

  • Got multi tones of color because of balayage

  • Balayage highlights peeking through my wavy hair. Basic, but still how balayage technique is described from hairstylists and clients!


What is balayage?




BALAYAGE ( ba-lie-azhe), also spelled balyage or baliage, appeared in France sometime in the mid 60’s and was largely adopted by hair salons in ‘70s. At that time it was called Balayage a’ Cotton, for the cotton that was used to isolate the balayage highlights from the non highlighted sections. Balayage, as the word itself reveals means to sweep and in the case of balayage color , it essentially means hair painting. Balayage highlights appeared in the U.S. sometimes in the '80s but was largely adobted by the best hair salons in NYC some time in the ‘90s as a hair color technique to create sun-kissed blonde highlights on the long hairstyles for the celebrity and early adopters clientele. Sun-kissed blonde highlights like the ones we had as little toddlers after spending all summer in the South Of France i.e "babylights"


BALAYAGE, The Appeal.


Balayage color is not ombre and ombre is not balayage. Balayage color is offered by many hair salons in NYC nowadays and it is fair to say, not always with the best results. That is because of the many variations of balayage color such as blonde balayage, brunette balayage, balayage ombre highlights and more. In order to achieve the best balayage, expertise is required. Only a first rate balayage specialist can achieve the best balayage highlights but nowadays every hairstylist with a little training on balayage color can profess that they are balayage color specialists. 


In pursuit of achieving the best balayage highlights that they can, the best hair salons in NYC take pride in the ongoing education and mentorship of the hair colorists. The hair colorists must be well-trained and have a keen sense of different hair textures and movement because at the end, it’s just them and their balayage brush. Yep, specific balayage color brush is used in order to achieve seamless balayage highlights that grow out as naturally as possible. When getting balayage hair color for years, you'll love it because the highlights appear more natural and you’ll discover that balayage color requires very little maintenance as well. You’ll love balayage highlights because they look random and yet the placement is so specific and strategic. Balayage highlights look natural because within a single stroke of the balayage brush, the highlights transition from thin to thick. It’s really hair painting that flows with the texture of the hair.

BALAYAGE, The Technique. 


For the best balayage color results, the lightener is applied just on the surface of each section and fully saturating as we progress towards the very tips. It is essentially a freehand hair painting and highlighting technique. Balayage color is best when done on natural hair colors and it’s even better when finished with loose beachy waves in order to see the different dimensions of the highlights coming through. The most natural looking results are usually those that look the most random, which calls for a very specific and strategic placement. 



Balayage hair color is much more then a trend or technique... it's a passion and a focus learned over years of education and experience. Aerea Salon is voted “Best Balayage Highlights NYC” & “Best Balayage Color” on Yelp!  Balayage Highlights is the in-salon color service choice among celebrities, models and fashionistas – those who demand hair color to be designed exclusively for them. There are a variety of videos and personal tutorials on how to achieve ombre hair or balayage color but for good reasons we do NOT recommend trying this at home! Balayage Ombre Highlights and Balayage highlights are also very similar in many ways, but there are some key differences. Our balayage specialists have received the best balayage color training available.


We offer extensive versions of bespoke balayage highlights on our menu such as:


Babylights: Tiny highlights that mimic your childhood hair color, meant to create subtle dimension and playful color on a one-dimensional hair color.


Hollywood Chic: Balayage on dark hair. Caramel balayage that is natural with a hint of something warm and special. Light brown balayage highlights, ideal for those seeking something glamorous yet understated. You could as well call it “bronde’' balayage highlights 


Curls Galore: Ever wondered if balayage on black hair is possible?! Yes it is when not crossing the thin line of going max 4 levels lighter and styled wavy, which is very important in order to blend in the highlights when utilizing balayage on dark hair. 


Our balayage color specialists are always experimenting with new balayage color effects. Combine that with ongoing education and you have the best balayage NYC experts.


Please note that If you're planning to get a new haircut instead of a trim, make sure you get the haircut first. This allows the colorist to take the shape and length of the cut into consideration.


Does balayage color require a lot of maintenance? 


Remember that balayage color, whether blonde balayage highlights or caramel balayage highlights, is supposed to look natural and sun-kissed  so you should only go 2-3 shades lighter than your natural hair color. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, balayage color will grow out without the demarcation line seen on the traditional regular highlights. 


Is there an expiration date for the blonde balayage highlights? 


It's timeless and low maintenance. Looks more bespoke but modern and is very flattering. Balayage gives a gorgeous, nature-enhanced look that can be natural or strong.


Balayage vs Ombre, what are balayage ombre highlights?


Balayage color is not ombre and ombre is not balayage. Balayage technique is not synonymous with ombre. Ombre is a trend and style which means gradated as used in fashion. In hair highlighting and hair coloring means gradated hair color from dark to light, where balayage technique is a way in which you can create ombre highlights. 


Is balayage just for blondes with long hairstyles?


Although, balayage blonde highlights on long hair with beachy waves are by far the most popular, “hence the sun-kissed effect” balayage can be utilized on brown, dark, red or on every other hair color for that matter and different lengths. It’s important to always keep in mind basic color theory rules in order to achieve the best balayage color and highlights for brunettes, dark or redheads and also aesthetics and visual effects when applied on different lengths.  

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