What is Balayage?


Balayage at DeCola Salon by Jackie Hashem

Hi! My name is Jackie Hashem, I am a Tier 3 stylist at DeCola Salon in Exton, PA. I’ve been a hairstylist since 2005. I have experience with doing all different techniques and styles of hair, but my true passion and specialty is balayage. I have taken numerous classes to further my education on everything and anything pertaining to balayage.

A lot of people think that balayage is a style, but it is actually a technique. The word balayage originates from the French term “to sweep”. There are a lot of misconceptions that balayage means blonde hair, but the full definition 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. Here is a balayage I did on my brunette client.

I love balayage for many reasons. No two heads of hair are the same, just like your fingerprint. It requires you to think outside the box with every client and challenges me, which I enjoy. Balayage allows the hair to grow out seamlessly, which allows longevity. Typically, I see my balayage clients every 10-12 weeks but again, it depends on the look they are aiming for. I like to play off the client’s natural hair for their dimension. Another interesting fact is that balayage processes in the open air at room temperature, which is less damaging than a traditional foil. I use Framar color brushes, but I also like to use a 2-inch chip paintbrush that you can get at a hardware store. A great styling product I love to use when styling my balayage clients is Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformation Styling Creme. It really makes the hair feel healthier and younger after just one use.