Balayage – the Techniques

Root shadow

Also known as faux ombre, this balayage technique is a great way to minimise harsh lines and regrowth for blonde clients. To get the look, a dark toner is applied around the roots for a natural halo effect, and seamlessly blended with lighter, blonde sweeping highlights to frame the face. A lighter toner is then applied all over the highlighted sections to perfect the hue.


Yep, it’s not just for your face! Hair contouring is a colouring technique that combines free-hand painted balayage and highlights, which are carefully placed throughout your hair. The key is picking out tones which complement each other, as well as the client’s unique colouring, and artfully positioning them to frame the face. Lighter tones reflect light to highlight and lengthen, while darker tones are used to frame and sharpen. We like to play around with different tones and depths of colour, for unique results suited to each individual client.

Colour Melt

This technique was probably the hottest colour trend on Instagram in 2016 (just check out the #colourmelt hashtag to see what we mean). It’s akin to statement ombre, but with a soft and natural twist – different tones of colour are woven and blended with each other to create a ‘smudging’, or ‘melting’ effect. Multi-tonal colour is seamlessly worked down from the root area, and blended to eliminate any harsh or obvious lines.

For a fresh, flattering and natural look, baby-lights are the ultimate colour technique. These fine, subtle and super-soft highlights mimic the natural multi-dimensional colour seen on children, placed all over the head. This look can be tweaked to work for all hair colours and skin-tones. Remember that baby-lights process requires your colourist to work with tiny pieces of hair, so expect this service to take extra time.