What is Balayage?

Balayage hair color is much more then a trend or technique... it's a passion and a focus learned over years of education and experience.  Here at Mixed Co. Salon, we offer the top balayage hair colorists Chicago has to offer, bar none.  Patrick Ryan, founder of Painted By Patrick, a comprehensive balayage hair coloring process, has been nationally recognized for his abilities in the art of balayage.  Chicago is second to no one, so no need to settle for anything short of the best.


Balayage is NOT ombre. Ombre is NOT balayage.


Although balayage is a beautiful technique of hair coloring, it is not synonymous with ombre. Ombre is a trend and style, where balayage is a technique in which you can create ombre. Ombre can also be created with foils.

Call and schedule your next (or first) balayage experience with the industry's finest. Balayage or Foils? Wondering which makes the most sense for you? Both techniques, performed by a technically adept artist, can and do make for beautiful outcomes... like most things, it's a personal decision, not an "either/or" between the two.


Patrick Ryan, a top rate Chicago hair colorist balayage specialist ranked top 5 in nation

In short, Balayage is FREEDOM...

-Longer stretches between visits
-Works with all hair color;... blonde, brunette, red
-Classic, natural look
-Extremely Versatile in color application
-Concentration on midshaft and ends
-Working directly with the shape and texture of hair
-Less structured approach but with a honed focus
-More natural color where hair falls and lays

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A little history... Balayage is a hair coloring technique which is designed to create very natural-looking highlights which grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Many stars and models use balayage on their hair, and in response to popular demand, many salons offer balayage, especially in urban areas. Some pride themselves on their balayage technique, considering themselves artisans of the craft and offering training to people who are interested in learning balayage. This coloring technique emerged in Paris in the 1970s; the word “balayage” is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied.

When hair is colored with the balayage process, the highlights are painted on by hand in a sweeping motion which moves from the base to the tip of the hair. At the base, the color is applied very lightly, while at the tip, the color is very heavy. The result is a highlight which looks naturally sunbleached, and as the hair grows out, the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner color applied to the base of the hair.

The process requires a good eye and a very steady hand. Unlike foiled highlights, which look very uniform and a bit unnatural, hair which has been subjected to balayage simply looks like it has been out in the sun. The highlights can be subtle or more intense, depending on the desires of the client.



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