One can expect a balayage appointment to take anywhere from 3-5 hours. During your consultation, Natasha will evaluate your current hair health and condition, discuss your goals, and give you a more specific idea on how long to expect in the chair.
The benefits of balayage allows the stylist to specifically select strands and blend them with your natural base. This helps create a much softer look rather than traditional foil highlights or a low maintenance painting technique. If the stylist uses a no foil method the product is less-likely to bleed during application when applying bleach onto the hair. In comparison, when using foils stylists must ensure there is enough room away from the scalp, because once heat is applied it causes the application to swell and expand toward the roots. That swelling can cause the product to bleed further on to the roots. The balayage is less damaging to the hair and doesn’t involve saturating your entire head with bleach. You use less product and thus get that sun kissed beach look with significantly less damage to your hair. Anytime bleach is applied to the hair follicles it changes it and causes damage.
Balayage is not without its drawbacks. Sometimes people with very dark hair can pull red/orange warm tones when getting balayage. If a client is wanting to achieve the beach blonde or even lighter strain that are not brassy they must keep in mind that if their hair is dark or has been box dyed they may have to have more then one appointment to achieve the look they are wanting to create.