Balayage and ombre – not just for blondes

People often assume that Balayage and Ombre are for blondes because Sarah Jessica Parker became synonymous with balayage when Sex and the City began.

Not so.

These techniques are suitable for any hair colour, simply giving a natural sun kissed look –  the illusion of having spent a month on the Riviera.  There are lots of famous faces with dark hair such as Penelope Cruz, Giselle and Drew Barrymore who all sport balayage hair colour.

To mimic how the sun naturally catches the hair, the brightest pieces of colour should always be placed around the face and ends of the hair, making ombre and balayage’s application more organic than traditional highlights.  The result is softer regrowth, so the tell-tale dark line where colour grows out is a thing of the past.

A top hair colourist will ensure the colour is softer at the root and thicker through the mid shaft and ends, so the look is more natural, as long as the technician selects and mixes the right colour for you.

Balayage and ombre are popular with Hollywood stars and models because it’s easy to maintain and allows them to go lighter without looking cheap!

We all have busy lifestyles, so these techniques fit well into any woman’s schedule.

How can you make balayage work for your hair?

  • To add depth to over lightened and over processed hair
  • To add lightness and movement to darker hair
  • To correct your colour if your hair has been made too blonde/ orange or the colour has faded out. This must be done using an ammonia-free product so the hair is not further damaged.
  • The options are limitless because of the way each piece is painted onto the hair.

The trick with Balayage is to find a technician who has a good eye. Make sure they understand your haircut, hair movement and the way you wear your hair.

The best results are when the placement is perfectly tailored for the individual …not hundreds of foils all looking the same.! Balyage is personalised to your face and your hair cut, and when placed to perfection it will give you the best look for your hair.

There’s lots of great advice about balayage for brunettes here. Alternatively, I’m currently taking consultation bookings for new colour clients. Email me at  to book an appointment for honest advice about the hair colour that will bring out the best in you.

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