The beautiful Balayage technique was born in Paris in 1965 and, back then, it was known as “Balayage à Coton”, due to the fact that the hand-painted hair strands were separated by the rest of the hair using cotton strips. This natural and revolutionary sun-kissed look quickly became a favourite of both hairstylists and their clients.
The difference between Balayage and Hair Painting thereby resides in how the colour is applied on the hair strands. In the Balayage technique, the colour is beautifully and effortlessly applied on the hair strands’ surface, the final result being a more natural, sun-kissed effect. You can apply the colour by using a 1-point, 2-point (V) or 3 point (W) method.
On the other hand, in the Hair Painting technique, the colour is applied more uniform and heavier, often similar to the foil technique. It also has to be retouched more often as the hair grows, to prevent any lines of demarcation from showing.
Balayage: The colour is gently applied by using a hand-painting technique (without foils), only on the surface of the hair strands. The colour should blend in perfectly, leaving no signs of demarcation, for a more natural-looking result.