The age-old question, Balayage vs. Foil when highlighting? It’s been a hot topic at every salon’s coffee station, by stylists and clients alike. It’s not only an essential conversation, it’s imperative to better understand what you want from highlighting your hair. So at Red Market beauty salon, we decided to delve in and do a little investigation on this hot topic of the week.
In French, Balayage means “to sweepingly paint,” hence why this technique gives your locks an Instagram worthy sun-kissed look. Balayage’s less structured technique creates a soft-effect using a freehand technique to paint your hair and open-air color processing, resulting in a more natural highlight. Balayage is perfect for those looking who are new to color treating their hair and seek more infrequent maintenance options.
We went straight to the source, one of the top colorists in Miami, Martin Ducasse of Red Market beauty salon his thoughts on Balayage vs. Foil. “Balayage is great for someone looking for a very subtle and low maintenance look. The dramatic ombre colors you see on social media are generally achieved using foils since we need to lift dark hair to a very light blonde. Foils allow the hair to lift quicker and stronger to get the desired look.”
The Foil technique is more controlled from root to end, foil-wrapped hair sets during the highlighting treatment. The heat conducted in the foil enables the product to infiltrate deeper, creating a brighter contrast between hair strands and giving you a more dramatic look. Foiling differs from the Balayage highlighting technique in that the process takes longer and requires more maintenance.
Whether Balayage or Foil is your go-to treatment, Red Market hair salon in Miami Beach is ready to make your hair goals come true.