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The $160 balayage myth.

- Monday, March 29, 2021

The $160 balayage myth.

So you want balayage. What exactly do you mean by that ? As balayage is a technique. Not a result. Its what most people call Ombre, which is a dark to light effect. Balayage is a common technique to achieve that look. But not the only technique, and in some cases definitely not the technique. Whats even more confusing some people still hold onto the idea that a balayage and an ombre are two different colour results. Remember one is a technique of colouring, the other a result.

So the $160 balayage. Why a myth ? Well it’s not to say its not possible. But reality is majority if not 99% will not achieve their balayage idea for $160. Its a common figure thrown about that “may” work if you have virgin hair (no colour) and happy with the slightest effect without being too picky about the tone. 

Reality is most desired results are way removed from current start point. Sometimes completely the opposite. You’re not going to go from a dark brunette to a faded to Platinium blonde in an hour or two. Probably not even a day. As for $160. Try adding another zero for the first day. 

This is why their are so many variations of ombre around. Because good stylists give good advice and educate their clients with what “their” reality is. Results at one appointment are limited by several factors.

  1. Time available 
  2. What your hair can handle
  3. Where your hair is currently at (start point)
  4. Your budget 


Lets say you’re brunette and have dark coloured hair. 

A more standard 3-5 hour appointment will give you a warmer tone as its more likely will only be able to lift to a coppery level. Exactly what tone ? No idea. You’ll know towards end of appointment as we’re dictated to your hair, how easy it lifts, and what it lifts too.

You’ll need to understand that prior to accepting the booking

Want it lighter, cooler, not as coppery ? No orange. That’s right orange. We’re being realistic. Then maybe by 2nd or 3rd appointment ? As over time more of the older tone can lift out. 

Can you see ☝🏻 above. Its a journey. Not a “lets book an appointment i’m getting balayage today” Sure you can. But results take time. 

Want quicker results. Then we start with a colour correction. We need to strip out the existing darker colour to start with a lighter base. Depending on start point, amount of hair etc. this could take a whole day or longer. Thats where point 4. Comes in. Budget. But remember. We’re also restricted by what your hair can handle. The lighter you want to go the more process’s the hair has to go through. 

Now what if you’re naturally very light ? And even have no colour on your hair. Thats the easier ones. You have a lighter, cleaner base to start with. So its mainly just applying the product and there’s your results. Unfortunately the majority already have a lot of hair history and that gets in the way of quicker more perfect results. 

Your journey is yours and determined by the four points above. But remember all the money and time in the world does not always mean you get what you want. Its still down to your hair. 

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