How balayage became more than just a trend

This Island Life | Laura McWhinnie | How balayage became more than just a trend

This Island Life | Laura McWhinnie | How balayage became more than just a trend

Balayage is constantly referred to as a trend, but it’s actually a colouring technique that first hit the Parisian scene back in the 1970s. About ten years ago it had resurgence in the form of an extreme top-deck look made famous by our very own Pip Edwards. Just to clear things up – balayage is a technique, two-toned hair is a trend. So while the dramatic dip-dyed look has been and gone, balayage is very much here to stay.

The awesome thing about balayage, is that it gives highlights a much more natural look and it’s super low maintenance. Other than doing regular treatments, you don’t really need to do much. I see my colourist Jasmine every 8-10 weeks, and if I’m away on tour – I just leave it. That’s the best thing about not having colour on your roots and why balayage is so popular – you can push an appointment out and it will still look good. 

I prefer to keep my colour pretty natural, but I recently had Jasmine add some super blonde highlights into the mix. It really is the easiest way to get natural looking summer hair without bleaching the life out of it.

TIL TIP: If you don’t have a good colourist, get a recommendation and make sure they have at least 10 years experience.  

Photography by Christina from Hair Romance.

This Island Life | Laura McWhinnie | How balayage became more than just a trend

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As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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