Hair Color: The Highlights Lowdown
You can balayage, foil, or try Yann Varin Salon’s chandelle technique for color that won’t show noticeable roots.
My mother used to take me to Madison Avenue for lunch and hair coloring when I was a teenager. Back then my color lasted nearly half the year. Good thing, since I’m a brunette who gets blonde highlights, which can cost hundreds of dollars to maintain. Now, in my late twenties, the roots start to peek out after a mere three months.
After over a decade of foiling I have at long last found my new favorite highlights technique: BAYALAGE! I tried the Yann Varin Salon in NYC for a customized chandelle coloring experience, but man salons are now offering this service.
Here’s How It Works:
We all know the customary foiling technique for highlights. However, the latest sensation, balayage (French for “to sweep”), has become highly popular. Balayage is a hair coloring technique that is designed to create uniquely natural looking highlights that grow out without developing noticeable and obvious roots. Many stars and models use balayage on their hair, and in response to popular demand, many salons have started offering it as well. The best part is their use of L’Oreal Professionnel INOA, an in-salon permanent hair color that’s completely odorless.
The Yann Varin Salon offers its own version of balayage called chandelle, which is a more customized way to lift color and avoid stripy looking highlights. My color has since looked natural and tres sexy.
Tell us: Have you tried balayage yet, and how did you like the results?
Sarah Polonsky is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.