Boise Hair Salon

What Is Balayage?

Most often, the question is, “how do you say it?” BAH-LEE-AHGE, balayage is the french term “to sweep” or sweeping. As a hairstylist, this meaning is to freehand paint using a sweeping motion, creating soft, natural graduation of lightness to the ends of the hair.

How Does Balayage Differ From Ombre?

Ombre is a more horizontal placement, and balayage is more vertical. Ombre is more of a type of style as to where balayage is a technique.

How Is Balayage Different From Highlights?

Highlights follow a more structured pattern and are carefully placed. Balayage is free-hand painted onto the hair in large sections. Highlights are done by saturating the section of hair from the roots to ends. Balayage is done by painting the lightener from midshafts to ends.

Does Balayage Cost More?

In most cases, balayage does cost more using more product and taking more time to process due to open-air lightening as highlights are in foils locking in heat.

Is There A Difference In Maintaining Balayage Vs Highlighting?

Highlights are most often touched up every six weeks. Balayage usually can be touched up 3-4 months with a toner to freshen your look in between sessions every 4-6 weeks. Due to balayage focusing on the ends, which is the older hair, and in larger sections, it is beneficial to do conditioning treatments either at home or with your Boise hair salon stylist. If you want to go much lighter, there are hair extensions that have lighter ends already.

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For whatever your thinking, it’s always a good idea to schedule a Boise hair salon consultation and ask as many questions as you may have before deciding if balayage is right for you.  Contact us by scheduling an appointment online or call us at (208) 287-2010.

Blog by Brooke Troyer

Haircolor Techniques: What is Balayage?

Are you wanting to change your look this fall but want to keep it natural? At unDONE Salon, we strive to make our clients look and feel their best while helping them achieve the hair of their dreams. That’s why we offer balayage at our Boise hair salon. The balayage technique, also known as hair painting, offers a variety of natural haircolor options for those who want to spruce up their fall style. That’s why we’d like to provide you with a little information about this popular haircolor technique.

What is Balayage?

If you are familiar with the Ombre haircolor technique, then you’ve seen a brief sample of what balayage is. While balayage doesn’t consist of any particular haircolor it does, however, incorporate darker roots to lighter ends. Unlike traditional highlights, balayage is a haircolor technique that requires the skill of a Boise hair salon stylist to paint the haircolor by hand without the use of foil. This method provides your stylist with greater control over the level of color, resulting in a softer, natural, more blended style.

Why We Love Balayage

Balayage by Sami Sam @ unDONE Salon

Balayage by Sami Sam @ unDONE Salon

Our Boise hair salon stylists know why balayage is such a popular haircolor technique. In addition to its ability to provide you with a soft, natural, and well-blended style, it’s also a great haircolor for those who want less upkeep and maintenance. The reason for this is because the balayage technique creates a dark to light appearance.This provides you with the perfect look as your hair grows out, meaning you’ll need less upkeep to maintain it.

Options To Consider

If you are interested in getting a balayage haircolor service, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a variety of spin-off techniques. As a result, there a many different haircolor styles you can achieve with this look. That’s why our Boise hair salon stylists recommend looking at several balayage haircolor samples to get an idea of what you’d like to achieve. However, it’s just as important to listen to the advice of your Boise hair salon stylist for what haircolor options they feel would work best for you. If you’d like, you can stop by unDONE Salon and speak with your stylist before booking an appointment so that you can discuss the outcome you desire and what you can expect during the balayage process.

Visit unDONE Salon

If you are looking for a natural, low maintenance haircolor, the balayage method may be right for you. Visit unDONE Salon near the the Boise Towne Square Mall and learn more about the haircolor services we offer. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, contact us at (208) 287-2010 or schedule online. We look forward to providing you with a gorgeous haircolor you will love!

Haircolor confusion ….. What does it all mean? Written by Kim Denton Owner/Salon Coach



As a Boise hair salon stylist, the terms Ombre, Balayage, Sun Lights Ombre, Foils, and Highlights can often be confusing not only to professionals like myself but to many of our clients as well. Guy Tang said it best when he said “Call it for what it its.” As stylists, we are happy to #HashTag anything just to get our name out there but in doing so, we have caused quite a bit of confusion in the world of haircolor. Haircolor these days has been moving so fast over the past couple of years that sometimes it can be hard just to keep up and share as much information with our clients as possible. In respect to Guy Tang, we need to call it for what it is so that there is less confusion on both parts.

So let’s face it. Are we really taking the time to communicate with our clients or are we simply using #HashTags  just to get our name out there?

Shadow Root Area with a Baylage Front

Shadow Root Area with a Baylage Front

When it comes to looking at a picture for inspiration, it’s important to really study it. We all know that a darker level of hair cannot go platinum with a balayage! Balayage is a haircolor painting technique for a soft, subtle, natural look that resembles a young girl’s hair. It is used with a clay based lightener that will not swell, puff or bleed. However, it is NOT powerful enough to lift hair more than a couple of levels. Over time and with persistence it will lighten hair gradually but it always gives it a sun kissed look like you were hanging out in the sun at the beach.

Ombre is a term used for a lighter look on the ends. Usually the roots are shadowed meaning a darker shade than the natural level. This can be a dramatic look or a subtle look. The hair is usually back combed and the hair left out is foiled for a brighter result.

Ombre Shaded Root Area with Pre Lightened Ends

Ombre Shaded Root Area with Pre Lightened Ends

Sun Lights on the other hand, are a beautiful look for clients in between. This term consists of baby highlights on the top of the head followed with a ombre to brighten up the ends. Also, shading the root area can be done for a more dramatic look. Keep in mind that clients and stylists often both mistake this technique for Bayalage. *Remember this technique includes foils so you will get lighter results than the Balayage technique.

But more than anything, let’s face it… Sometimes a beautiful highlight is all a client needs to get the job done! So no matter what color technique you’re interested in trying, its best to consult with your Boise hair salon stylist. Happy coloring!