When you really get down to the nitty-gritty of highlights and balayage, you will notice that the difference is basically what you would see between a Park Avenue Princess and an LA Beach Bum. Confused? Let me break it down for you:
- Highlights follow a more structured pattern and more carefully placed than balayage. Balayage, on the other hand, is freehand painted onto the hair in large sections. Thus, balayage blends more seamlessly into your hair than highlights.
- While highlights are done by saturating the section of hair right from the roots to the ends, balayage is done by painting the dye from midshafts to the ends.
- If you want more intensely lightened highlights, then you should go for foil highlights as they make use of aluminum foils to saturate the color. Balayage, however, is just a few shades lighter than your base color and has a softer, more blended look to it.
- Since highlights are done right from the roots, you will need to keep touching them up every few weeks when they grow out. Since balayage is not done right from the roots, it grows out more naturally and requires lesser maintenance.
- Balayage adds depth and dimension to your mane while highlights focus on framing your face and accentuating the base color of your tresses.
We are certified to perform Balayage highlights, a hand-painted highlight technique that does not require the use of foil. We also offer no-ammonia hair color and a formaldehyde-free Keratin service. At Setsuko, we are pros and specialists with years of experience in hair colorings and stylings. And we are more than happy to help you look your best!