Everything you want to know about Balayage and more…

Everything you want to know about Balayage and more…

Did you know that Balayage (BAH-LEE-AHGE) first came about in the 1970s in a salon in France?! Translated in French as sweeping. These custom painted highlights, in other words, Balayage, has now become a must-have for every low-maintenance color lover. With salons filled with traditional highlight guests throughout the 80s and 90s, Balayage never stood a chance. It’s crazy to think how slowly trends moved without the power of social media, right?

What is the difference between Balayage and Traditional Highlights?

So, let’s dive in, the biggest difference between balayage and traditional highlights is the application.

During a balayage service, your hairstylist will take sections throughout your whole head and sweep color from the mid-lengths and ends. These sections can process in a foil for a higher lift of blonde or left out in the open air like the traditional application of the 1970s. Whether your little heart desires a cooler or warmer blonde, your hairstylist will find the perfect gloss for you that will eliminate any unwanted tones. With a balayage and gloss as icing on the cake, you will be flipping your hair any chance you get!

Maybe custom highlights aren’t for you. Traditional highlights create a more uniform and brighter look from roots to ends. Each one of these sections will live in a closed foil with the enlightener placed as close to the roots as possible. Traditional highlights can create a variety of different looks anywhere from chunky to super fine and sunkissed. In the most recent trends, the finer and more natural the highlight the better. Big difference from the well-known chunky highlights of the famous Kelly Clarkson, huh?

What is best for me?

Let’s take a step back and reflect on some of the main things that differentiate the balayage technique and the traditional way of highlighting.


  • 8-12 weeks in between appointments
  • Custom hand-painted highlights
  • Focused where the sun would naturally lighten throughout your hair
  • processes in foil or sitting out in open hair
  • Provides 2-3 levels of lift
  • Color stays off new growth and lives in the mid-lengths and ends
  • Does not provide grey coverage
  • Requires a Gloss or purple shampoo in-between visits

Traditional Highlights

  • 6-8 weeks in between appointments
  • Created by weaving or slicing small sections throughout your hair
  • Processes in foils
  • Provides a higher lift of blonde
  • Color lives from new growth to ends
  • The original color will remain between foils
  • Blends out greys without showing a harsh grow out
  • Requires a Gloss or purple shampoo in-between visits

If you have any questions about what technique will fit you best email me at hairapywithabi@gmail.com.






Almost a month and a half ago I took a leap and went from the blonde hair that I had loved for 3 YEARS and decided to go red! Red had always been the color I wanted SO badly BUT I was terrified to achieve.

Would I be able to pull it off? What would I look like? What will everyone else think?

Honestly, looking back on these questions it’s a little embarrassing. I was so focused on what other people would think of how I looked and what my outside appearance would look like instead of how I would feel internally about this big change.

I am a strong believer that our hair changes the way we feel about ourselves emotionally and mentally. So this is why I was kind of upset with my self for holding off for so long. If it makes YOU HAPPY DO IT! You will always have me in your corner cheering you on! ­čśë

While I was so concerned with what other people were thinking I wish I thought of these KEY things:


    • Red hair is so beautiful and vibrant but even though you want it to stay like that… IT WON’T. Red along with any vibrant color will┬áNEED to be refreshed EVERY 3-4 weeks! Well, Why? Even if you don’t mind seeing your roots come in, your beautiful red hair WILL FADE AFTER EACH wash. After 3 weeks have passed I am begging to get my ends refreshed! Like I said… RED IS A LOT OF MAINTENANCE! Find a stylist you love and visit him or her every month! ­čśë


    • With Red or any color treated hair you have to be SUPER CAREFUL when it comes to the pool and any water for that matter! So let’s just imagine you’re enjoying your day at the pool, you’ve baked in the sun for half the day but it’s hot and all you want to do is dive head first into that ice, cold pool! Let’s fast forward to seconds after that head first dive… You pop up for air and flip your hair like every fun hair pool pic on Instagram and next thing you know YOUR HAIR IS BLEEDING RED INTO THE ONCE CLEAR POOL! ┬áI know, right? Super dramatic Lol buuuut I kinda had to freak you out so you wouldn’t try it! Be nice to your hair and save yourself from the awkward convos and keep your fabulous hair OUT of the pool this summer!


    • YOU HAVE TO GO LONGER BETWEEN SHAMPOOS! Washing your hair every day won’t do like I mentioned earlier every time you shampoo your hair, your hair will fade! You will have to train your hair to go longer with out a shampoo to stay looking fabulous! I shoot for washing my hair 2 times a week and I still refresh my color every 3 weeks sooo moral of the story is red hair fades fast. Please remember just because you aren’t washing your hair everyday you will still need to shower lol shower caps, top knots and dry shampoo save lives, people!


These 3 things have been the hardest part about having my red hair but I have been OBSESSED with it since I made this transformation! DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY & BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE!