Hair dye is a great way to change up your hair and the way it looks. There is a multitude of hair dyeing techniques to choose from when you visit a hair highlights salon. Here is everything you need to know about foil highlights and Balayage, how they are done, and which one is better.


How Is It Done?

Balayage is a free-hand technique where the hair dye is applied all over the hair to make the color look blended and it almost fuses in with your natural hair color. This is also very similar to an ombre and a full-color change, but the difference is that you usually go lighter in Balayage than your natural hair color. It makes the color stand out and it is a great way to change up your hair color if you don’t want to go for a full-on color change.

The Results

The results of the Balayage are very beautiful and the hair looks amazing. Whatever color you go for, you can see peeks of it through your hair and sometimes this color may be the star in different lights. Balayage is more like a fusion of an ombre and color change, where the color change is not as drastic or dramatic and it is not as distinct as an ombre either. You can’t seem to pinpoint exactly where the new color and your natural hair color meet. It is a beautiful work of art on your hair, which is well worth the time and money.

Is It Long-Lasting?

Balayage lasts for a long time, as long as you take good care of it. It can last up to 7 to 8 months without any touch-ups. The main reason for this being so long-lasting is that it is not a whole color change, so it requires less maintenance and it really makes the hair look like your own natural hair, but with a little bit of flair. Just make sure that you are not washing your hair too much, once a week is more than enough. Also, the type of products you use on your hair is important and those need to be sulfate-free because this is what ruins your hair dye.

Foil Highlights

Technique Of Highlights

Highlights are more meticulous than Balayage. Where Balayage is a free-hand hair dyeing technique, highlights involve a lot of sectioning of the hair, and those hair are concealed in foil and saturated in hair dye. The sectioning is what takes the most time in highlights and these sections need to be made with precision so that it shows on your hair when the highlights are done.

It’s A Subtle Change

If you are someone who is not looking for something dramatic, but you still want to change your hair a little bit, then highlights are perfect for you. They are subtle and if you choose a hair color that is slightly different from your natural hair color, then you can easily make it look more wearable for every day. Highlights are very versatile and they can be styled up or down, depending on how casual or formal you want your hair to look. It’s an older technique than Balayage but you can do it nonetheless if that’s what you’re going for.

Longevity Of Highlights

Highlights also last for a decent amount of time, but they are less long-lasting than Balayage because the small strands that are dyed can lose their color after a few months. Balayage is more like a bulk of dye on your head in different strands, so it’s a bit more forgiving, but highlights, as soon as they start to fade, you can immediately see the difference. This is why you need to go and have your highlights touched up after 3 to 4 months, otherwise, the highlights will not look as prominent and appealing as they were before.


There you have it! Now that you know what both of these things are and how they make your hair look, you can choose which one to go for and which will suit your hair the best. Don’t forget to visit a balayage in Salon M and ask the hairstylists the questions you have in mind.