Professional Balayage Hair Colour at McGills Hairdressing Salon in Edinburgh

Balayage is one of the most requested hair colour services at McGills Hairdressing Salon in Edinburgh. The sophisticated balayage hair colour service requires very little maintenance and is a fantastic way of accentuating your hairstyle and facial features, so it’s not difficult to see why. Below, the McGills hair colour experts explain all you need to know about balayage …

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What is Balayage?

Balayage is the most popular technique to obtain a more natural and low maintenance hair colour finish. Balayage is a French term meaning “to sweep or paint the hair”. Balayage is perfect for clients who are looking for a natural sun-kissed look.

The best balayage results are when the colour specialist paints the highlights on by hand, paying attention to where the sun would naturally lift the hair. The results are bespoke to you and more sunkissed than traditional foil highlights.

As this method of highlighting is softest at the root area and more concentrated towards the ends of the hair, the upkeep of a balayage is low, providing an appropriate colour treating shampoo and conditioner is used together with regular treatments. Call us today at our Edinburgh salon and schedule a balayage consultation.

Does Balayage Work For All Hair Colours?

Yes. Balayage can look sensational on all shades of blonde, brown, red or even grey hair. You don’t only have to compliment natural hair colours with balayage, it can look fantastic with vivid tones and even pastel hair colours

We will also ask you to come in for a quick skin allergy test at least 48 hours before your hair colour appointment to ensure you will not suffer any reactions to the colours involved. 

How Long Does a Balayage Appointment Take?

The length of your balayage appointment will depend on whether we are adding balayage throughout your hair or just a few face framing highlights, or if you are having another other services at the same time. Book in for a complimentary consultation where we will be able to assess the condition of your hair and discuss with you the look that you want.

Please note, if your hair has been previously damaged, your appointment will take longer as we will work with you to improve the condition of your hair so that it is ready for the colouring process. 

Is Balayage The Same as Ombre? 

Ombré produces a contrasting two-toned effect from root to tip. Balayage is a more subtle hair colouring technique with only a few sections of highlights added to your roots. 

Ombré is dark at the roots and gradually becomes lighter towards the tips in a clearly defined way, whereas balayage is more multi-dimensional and the colour is strongest at the tips of your hair.

There are many other hair colouring techniques and variations on balayage including babylights, root melt, root stretch, colour melt or baby balayage. If you’ve seen a balayage hair look you love, bring us in an image and we’ll make it work for you!

How Do I Maintain My Balayage?

One of the best things about balayage is that it is relatively low maintenance – the regrowth of your roots will be less obvious with balayage than with conventional hair colour techniques. To maintain your balayage look at it’s best we recommend visiting McGills Hairdressing every 8-12 weeks.

Book in for a Colour Care Package with our hair colour experts at McGills Hairdressing Salon, which we have created to ensure that your hair colour stays as vibrant as if you’d just walked out of the salon!

We can also recommend the best professional colour enriching shampoo and conditioner products to keep your colour fresh and vibrant.

Book Your Balayage Hair Appointment at McGills Hairdressing Salon in Edinburgh

Don’t forget to book in for a complimentary hair colour consultation at McGills Hairdressing Salon in Edinburgh by calling 0131 228 8882 or book online Our expert colour technicians will explain the balayage process, price and what can realistically be achieved with your hair.

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