Balayage San Diego • Carlsbad Salon and Spa
Salon in San Diego Bella D'ora Spa + Salon specializes in Balayage. Balayage hair color allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair color similar to what nature gives us as children. Call us today to book your hair color appointment at (760) 438-7404.
Balayage, Hair Color, Colorist, Highlights
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Balayage Hair Color

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. It is a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

Balayage has been around for a while, but today this timeless technique has become one of the most popular hair color requests. What sets Balayage apart from traditional hair coloring techniques is the approach. Working with one of our Balayage experts, we will be able to place the color to suit your skin tone which really light up your features!


Balayage VS


Instead of using foils to highlight or lowlight the hair (partial or full highlights) we just use the color and a brush and “sweep” the color on the hair in a very artistic and natural way. A technique for highlighting/low lighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

So, what’s the real difference between these techniques?

Ryan Pearl, colorist at New York’s Cutler Salon explains that, “Foil lightens the hair from the root to the ends while balayage allows the hair to be softer or muted at the root, and then gets progressively lighter as it travels through to the end.”


Jessica Gonzalez, Colorist at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles adds, “The grow out is less obvious with balayage, you can go months without touching it up. I feel sometimes traditional foils can look a little patterny and I like a more free style.”


Although balayage is known to process without foils, Stylist Nikki Lee from 901 salon prefers to use both: “I like to use foils when I balayage “foliage” because the foil helps to speed up the process and can lift the hair lighter than balayage.”


Foliage is the perfect combination of balayage and foiled highlights, Chrissy Rasmussen, Owner and Stylist at Habit Salon in Arizona tells us about her favorite way of implementing the technique: “Right now, I see that clients love and want ashy, platinum, sun-kissed hair [and] I feel that I can achieve this look by combining these two methods into foliage. I hand paint pieces of hair where I want it in a foil. I feel that using a foil can more consistently pull the clients’ hair past the brassy stage.”

How Balayage

Is Applied.

Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips; otherwise, you would have a streak of color that isn’t very soft at all. When hair is colored with the balayage process, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion which moves from the base to the tip of the hair. The result is a highlight which looks naturally sun bleached.

Balayage San Diego