The Origins of Balayage?

When hair stylists observed how the sun lightened hair in a very natural and beautiful way, they looked to reproduce this effect in the salon, so Balayage was born. Balayage was so revolutionary it would change the way colourists worked forever. Balayage is a French word, that means "to sweep". By sweeping the brush onto the hair we create soft multidimensional highlights that give the hair a natural "lived in" look that is so popular among French women today. 

Why is Balayage so popular among French women?

The French have always been admired for their chic and effortless sense of style, particularly when it comes to their hair.  French women love the French Balayage technique as it helps them achieve healthy and stunning hair that requires minimal maintenance. This method eliminates the need for frequent root touch-ups at the salon. French women value natural-looking and healthy hair as it enhances a youthful look. They prefer hair colours that accentuate their natural beauty, rather than just their hair.

The renowned French Hair Colourist Christophe Robin shares our philosophy," it is not about masking and hiding a woman’s beauty with hair, it is about the enhancement of such beauty."

For Robin, "It's about the inner workings of how colour plays out on the facial characteristics of a woman. It is a game of analytics; the analysis of the face, a game of tones, pigments and complexion, and how to capture her in the most beautiful light. Showing off her skin tone, eyes and complexion without letting colour dominate, ever."

The Difference Between Balayage And Highlights.

Balayage is different from traditional highlights as it is hand painted onto the hair instead of being applied within foils. This technique results in softer and less noticeable regrowth lines as the transition between dark and light colours is more gradual and natural-looking. 

When colouring hair using foils, a noticeable contrast will appear between the newly applied hair colour and the natural colour of the hair, resulting in a demarcation line. As the hair grows, the roots' natural colour becomes more visible, and the line between the coloured and natural hair becomes more noticeable.

Versatility of Balayage.

Balayage is entirely customisable to suit each person's unique needs. Since it's hand-painted, great balayage hair stylists need to adapt and become more like hair artists. Creativity and an artistic eye are required to successfully blend the placement of light and depth to complement your skin tone, hair texture, and features. With balayage, you can achieve the perfect look that suits you, making it an ideal choice for all hair types and lengths  Please click on this link for images of what we can achieve french-balayage-images

At L'Artiste Coiffeur, we offer different balayage packages based on the look and colours each technique can achieve, making it easier for you to choose the package that's right for you.

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Beware not all Balayage is authentic Balayage! Authentic Balayage is always done without the use of foils. A Balayage done in foils is an adapted version called a foilayage. Emily Chen explains this very well to the largest community in the world for salon professionals called Behindthechair.com



Your Hair Colour Should Be As Unique As You Are.

As Brisbane's best Balayage specialist, Kaitlyn customises her techniques based on your unique features and skin tone. She ensures a personalised hair colour that reflects your individuality and what will suit you best. Please follow the link to see the variety and range of her work on Instagram.

Our Balayage packages, including our signature French Riviera Blonde, are the most extensive in Brisbane.

If you're looking for a chic and elegant blonde hair colour inspired by the luxurious and sophisticated vibe of the French Riviera, our Blonde Riviera Package is perfect for you. This package can create any blonde colour from creamy blonde to platinum or icy blonde. It requires a lot of specialist knowledge, combining freehand painting and expert foiling techniques. Knowing how to combine these techniques, our blonde specialists can create a very light and seamlessly blended blonde colour. For more images please click here.

If you would like more information please drop in for a consultation with one of our hairdressers. We are located at 206 Arthur Street Teneriffe at the junction between New Farm and Newstead in Brisbane. 

Phone: 0733581214 or Book Free Consultation


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206 Arthur Street
Teneriffe, Brisbane Qld 4005 
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