Balayage or Highlights? Allertons Professional Hair Colour Services.

This is one of the most common questions our Stylists answer. At your Free Hair Colour Consultation, you can ask as many questions as you like, and our Stylists will guide you with their expert opinions. We will give you a quote, and there is no obligation - we are here to help!


Balayage is a French word that, aptly, means “to sweep”. It sees high- and low-lights freehand-painted at random through strands to add reflective dimension and luminosity. Much of the colour is focused from the mid-lengths to the ends, but the most flattering effects happen when subtle ribbons are swept through the hairline, too. 

When you hear the word ‘balayage’, blonde highlights may be the first thing that come to mind. However, this technique is about so much more than adding a sun-kissed glow to strands. All manner of shades - from pastels to dark browns to rainbow brights - are getting the balayage treatment, making this one of the most versatile colour services you can choose. 


Simply put, highlights are strands of hair that are lifted to be a few shades lighter than the base. They brighten up areas of the haircut, whether you go for only one level of lift or a more contrasting effect. Highlights work through any base colour, from blonde shades to bold reds and even dark brunettes, adding light-boosting luminosity that flatters everyone.

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