By now, you’ve probably heard of balayage. This highlighting technique has become increasingly popular due to its natural look easy up-keep. In today’s post, we will give you some insight on the balayage technique and a few of the reasons it has become so popular.

If you’re in the West Hollywood area and you’re interested in the balayage technique, look no further than Rayna Hair Artistry. As your Top Rated Local® hairstylist, Rayna has more than 10 years of experience. Whether you go to Rayna for balayage or a a haircut, you won’t be disappointed. Not only has she developed her own approach to the balayage technique, but when Rayna cuts hair, she uses certain techniques that allow for the most movement and texture. Check out the list of services that Rayna has to offer, or book an appointment at Rayna Hair Artistry today!

Technique Or Style?

Balayage is often confused as a different style used to color hair, however, it’s actually considered a technique. Balayage is similar to highlighting because you dye strands of your hair a different color. During the balayage process, the hair stylist will sweep the color onto strands of your hair, giving it a more natural progression of color. Unlike when you go to the hair salon for highlights, balayage does not require the use of foil.

Ombre vs. Balayage

Ombre became popular a few years ago as a way for women to grow out their natural color. The style consists of dark hair at the top of your head and a dramatic shift to a lighter color about midway down. Balayage is considered an alternative technique to the style of ombre. While you’re still transitioning from darker to lighter hair, balayage has a more natural look to it. With the ombre style, the bottom half of your hair is completely light, but with balayage, some strands may be left darker in order to give your style more dimension. Balayage allows the hair stylist to have the freedom of placing lighter strands where he or she feels they will look the most natural. Check out my balayage gallery!


One of the selling points of balayage is that it doesn’t require much maintenance. With highlighting or a simple dye job, you develop streaks or blocks of color as your hair grows, requiring you to make another appointment at the hair salon to have it fixed. Balayage is done in such a way that you can go as long as four months before you need to have another appointment! Since balayage is applied to look as natural as possible, as your hair grows, you won’t see any harsh lines.

Hair Types

The best part about balayage is that it is great for all hair colors, textures, and lengths. Unlike other hairstyles, balayage looks great on almost any type of hair! The only exceptions are short, cropped hair, and grey hair. While balayage can help make your transition to grey hair less dramatic, it will not fully cover and disguise your grey hair.

Rayna Hair Artistry

Whether you’ve colored your hair before or you’re looking for a subtle difference to your natural color, balayage is a great way to go! As your Top Rated Local® hairstylist, Rayna Hair Artistry can help you love your hair everyday. Not only does Rayna specialize in the balayage technique, but she also has the knowledge to cut your hair in a way that will maximize movement and texture. If you’re looking for a great cut and color that is sure to “wow!” contact Rayna Hair Artistry to schedule your appointment today!

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