Balayage vs. Foilyage, and what's right for you!


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Summer is almost here! It’s the perfect time to go light and bright in that summer sun, ladies. Having decided early in my career as a stylist, that I wanted to focus on specializing in blonding and the techniques needed to take my clients hair to the next level; this is by far my favorite time of year. Who doesn’t love summer? Longer days, laying out by the pool, vacationing and all around just enjoying life in that beautiful weather.

Hi, I am Michelle(@hairby_michellechristina), and I’ll be going over the differences between a traditional balayage technique and the hotter than ever foilayage lightening technique. Whether you’re a seasonal blonde, an all-year-round blonde, or thinking of taking a dive to the blonde side, this months Patricia Perry Salon Blog is definitely for you. We’ll also touch base on how adding a shadow root, using different glazing techniques and my personal favorite Olaplex can enhance your service. 


Balayage involves hand painting strands of hair to give off a more natural look that is low, low, low maintenance. Typically, I recommend this type of service to clients who want subtle dimension (hair is softer at the roots and slightly brighter at the ends) in their hair. This is also a great service for clients who style their hair with a curling iron on a day-to-day basis. In fact, using a curling iron on hair that has been lightened by hand painting the hair actually enhances the color and allows the true beauty of balayage stand out.


Foilyage, yes that is a real word! Lol. Foiling techniques have gotten much more advanced and technical, over the past few years.

Foilyage is just how it sounds, hand painted balayage inside of a traditional highlight foil. By combining the two techniques, you can achieve a brighter look faster. This service is great for clients who enjoy bright contrast while still achieving that “lived in” look. You can expect more maintenance with this look as it will require more frequent touch ups compared to the softer more traditional open air balayage.

Service Enhancements

A typical foilyage for me, starts by adding a root shadow to your foilyage service. This softens the root to give a more blended appearance while still being able to achieve a brighter look over-all.

Toning or glazing, is where all the magic happens. By utilizing different colors of the color wheel, we can eliminate any unwanted tones, creating a brighter, shinier look for that client that loves dimension. Glazing isn’t just for when you get your hair lightened. By refreshing your color every 4-6 weeks with a glaze, you will help keep your hair happy, healthy, and shiny.

Last but not least, I always, always, always recommended adding Olaplex to any lightening service.  Not only does it repair the hair from the inside out from the day to day abuse it takes from styling and the environment, it also protects the hair during the lightening service. This also allows some of our darker haired clients achieve lighter looks in less trips to the salon. 

I know that its a lot of info to digest, but I hope it was helpful and you can feel more confident when speaking to your stylist about the look you are going for. I am so thankful for you taking the time to read our blog this month and I look forward to seeing you in my chair in the future! 

If you’d like to see more of my work or have any questions I can answer for you, check out my instagram @hair_bymichellechristina

Michelle Christina

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