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.

How celebrities keep their hair looking red-carpet ready

Kim Kardashian

With their huge incomes and glam squads on call 24/7 to keep them looking red-carpet ready, it’s no surprise that celebrities are the ultimate #hairgoals.

But there are certain things you can do to keep your hair looking as good as a celebrity.

Here we reveal six celeb secrets to keeping your hair in shape.


Model Kendall Jenner gets regular haircuts.

Model Kendall Jenner gets regular haircuts.

Celebrity secret 1: They take their haircare regime seriously - and stick to it

Hollywood stars know looking good is their job so they take their beauty routine extremely seriously. That means regular haircuts and deeply hydrating conditioning treatments.


Secret 2: There are no “off” days

When they’re not working, celebrities still need to look after their image. And that’s why a day off means a day restoring and reviving their hair in a conditioning mask.

This will not only combat the negative effects of constant heat styling but also any chemical damage.


Singer Rita Ora makes sure she uses a heat spray before styling her curly hair.

Singer Rita Ora makes sure she uses a heat spray before styling her curly hair.

Secret 3: They use heat protectants when styling

Too much straightening, curling and blow-drying plays havoc with hair.

Using an oil or heat spray before styling is the best way to protect the hair.


Secret 4: They take vitamins, because beauty comes from within

Supplements can not only ensure scalp health, they can help hair grow faster and thicker.

Your hair needs vitamin A to stay moisturised and grow (also find it in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale if you prefer to get your nutrients from food).

Research has also shown that vitamin D could help create new follicles - the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow.


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Secret 5: They know how to brush wet hair without damaging it

Be careful what type of brush you use on wet hair, which is at its most fragile.

A wide tooth wooden comb is the most gentle, or even simply run your fingers through your damp hair.


Secret 6: They use wigs and weaves

Whether it’s for a big role, photo shoot or special event, hair pieces are commonplace in the celeb world - and they are a great way to change up a look and have fun with your style.