What is balayage hair?

Chrissy Teigen works the balayage look to a tee.

Chrissy Teigen works the balayage look to a tee.

Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular requests in salons.

What is it? 

Balayage is French, meaning sweep or to paint. It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.

It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The main idea being ‘less is more’ when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish.

It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.

How is balayage applied? 

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. Unlike highlights, no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

How long does it take?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours But it lasts well which means you can leave longer between appointments. Read more about it here.

STYLE CRUSH: Meghan Markle's favourite beauty products

From her glossy hair to her dewy skin, there’s no doubt Meghan Markle always looks picture perfect.

Meghan Markle

So what’s her secret? Here we reveal some of her favourite beauty products that you can buy today to try and copy her look…

How to make every day a good hair day

Good Hair Day

We all know the feeling… our hair won’t behave and, pathetic as it seems, we can’t help feeling that it’s ruined the rest of the day.

But help is at hand.

Just follow our four tips and you’ll never have another bad hair day again. We promise!

Use protection

The easiest way to ensure that you have a good hair day is to use a heat protectant spray after you wash your hair, and before you use any styling tools like straighteners, curlers or hairdryers. Not only will this protect your hair from any heat damage, but it will also create the perfect base for you to create the perfect look.

Shiny happy hair

We all know that shiny hair equals healthy hair - just look at Meghan Markle! So if you want to make every day a Good Hair Day, simply invest in a good hair mask and make it a regular ritual to deeply condition your locks.

Add volume

Gentle backcombing (think a little tussle rather than full on 80s style) can help your hair look full of life. To do this, start at the roots and tease the hair over your brush and then give it a blast with your favourite hairspray.

Fake it

Even when you’re having an off day you can still bring it back with some handy handbag essentials like dry shampoo and hair serum.

HAIR FILE: Victoria Beckham

She’s been in the one of the biggest girl bands in the UK and is now a renowned fashion designer, but when we’re not gawping at her outfits, we can’t wait to see what Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice does next with her hair. From the “Pob” (the posh bob) and the Cheryl Cole-esque extensions to the shaggy beach waves and her signature up do, here we take a look back at some of her best hairstyles. Which one is your favourite?

The 8 hair mistakes that secretly age you, say celebrity hairstylists

According to research, the average woman will spend a whopping £235,000 on her face in a lifetime in the quest to look and feel younger.

That works out at about £8 a day - and a minimum of 16 products - on make-up and skincare alone!!

But what about our hair? Doesn’t our barnet deserve a little love?!

A little investment can go a long way when it comes to haircare.

Here’s a great article on Byrdie.co.uk about how to age-proof your hair according to the experts in the know.

Best hair products for shiny healthy hair

January is all about self care and looking after ourselves again after a month of mainlining wine, cheese, chocolate and Christmas dinners.

And what better (and easier) way than to start from the top. We’ve come up with some of the best products out there to give your hair a healthy shine boost. Let us know which ones are your favourites!