What is a sweep?
Balayage is a light shoot that brightens and illuminates hair. Its objective is to reproduce the effects of the sun and to bring a play of nuances in the lengths. This discreet coloring technique blends naturally into the base color and provides a lasting boost to subtly sublimate the hair. Balayage is for all those who want to change their head without cutting their hair or seeking radical transformation.
Sweeping, for whom?
Whether they are straight or curly, short or long, blonde, red or brown, all hair types can afford balayage. Only the colorist’s technique will change, to adapt to the hair and guarantee optimal results.
– A sweep on smooth hair will give them volume and substance. A sweep on curly hair will give even more relief to the waves.
– If the hair is too short, the effect of depth and volume given by the balayage will be less. We prefer to create more discreet reflections. Long hair will allow you to work with long and fine strands scattered throughout the mass.
– All colors can match with a balayage. The latter will bring light to brunettes thanks to hazelnut or caramel reflections; to redheads, intensity; and blondes, a golden honey effect.
However, scanning is not recommended on damaged, very sensitized or permed hair.
What technique for a sweep?
the Balayage is the ideal technique to give your hair a boost or to touch its natural base for the first time. It brings light to the hair with a very natural sun effect.
This coloring technique is partial, unlike conventional coloring, which is applied to the entire hair. Balayage is carried out in the open air and consists of lightening or darkening your base shade, by coloring or bleaching strands.
The expert colourist, after having established his hair diagnosis and listening to your desires, prepares a personalized mixture and applies it to a selection of strands. The exposure time is quite long, the time for the hair to oxidize. The expert “watches” the process and determines when to flush. The hair care step is essential to nourish the fiber and close the scales.
Balayage, highlights, coloring: what are the differences?
Coloring, to cover
This total coloring transforms the entire hair uniformly.
The wicks, to contrast
This partial staining or discoloration is more pronounced than the balayage and gives character to the cut. This is the ideal technique to wake up a color. The wicks, wider and more pronounced, contrast with the base color. They are wrapped in paper, which will allow the color to adhere better as it retains heat. This contrast makes wicks the preferred technique for those looking for originality. But the result can also be more natural. To avoid the dreaded striped effect when opting for this technique, we can however specify it to the colorist to modulate the intensity and choose a shade close to the color of the roots for a more natural result.
Sweeping, to illuminate
This coloring or partial discoloration makes it possible to give shine to the hair by melting reflections in the length, for an immediate “beach return” effect. In addition to the features previously explained in this article, the balayage is also an ideal accessory to give relief to the cut. The placement of the play of light makes it possible to recreate volumes. A natural sun effect will therefore illuminate your hair and give it relief. It is the technique with the lightest result, but also and above all which damages the hair the least and with a limited root effect during regrowth. Balayage can also be adapted to camouflage the first gray hair of blonde hair. Thanks to the overall lightening of the hair, they will blend into the mass. On the other hand, the balayage is more difficult to mask white hair from dark hair. However, it is possible to combine the techniques. You can perform a balayage on one color, by placing a play of shadow and light on the hair to lighten a potential helmet effect of the color.
The techniques of colourist experts are today multiple and always more innovative and multiple trends are emerging.
How to maintain your sweep?
Sweeping requires little maintenance and is aging quite well. As there is no root effect, we can space out the techniques and rework it two to three times a year. Ideally, too frequent sweeping will be avoided so as not to damage the hair and end up obtaining a uniform color.
To space out the sweeps and avoid too much damage to your hair, you can, every three months, make an appointment in a salon to ask your hairdresser for a temporary coloring without harmful active ingredients. a shade neutralizes yellow reflections and brings shine without attacking the hair.
After several weeks, if the sweep turns, we do not rush to the salon to start again! Opt for color optimizing shampoos that will restore shine and maintain hair reflections.
The hair being sensitized, it is advisable to apply the appropriate products and to provide them with specific care to repair and nourish the fiber. Specially designed to protect colored or brushed hair, Phytodess white tea shampoo, with antioxidant properties, washes hair gently and awakens its shine. Its creamy formula transforms the hair into a soft and shiny material. As a bonus, white tea extract from the Chinese province of Fujian comes from cultures that respect the environment, biodiversity and local populations. After shampooing, applied to towel-dried hair, the Phytodess buriti mask helps to preserve and prolong the radiance of the balayage or the color. Its formula hydrates and nourishes the hair. Light and silky, they regain softness and shine. The fruits of the buriti are collected by communities in the Amazon rainforest in order to develop the local economy while respecting biodiversity and the environment.
Ready to get started? The last tips before a sweep
Do not attempt to perform a scan yourself. Product distribution, exposure time, chemical aspects… this technique requires real training. DESSANGE considers color technicality to be a profession in its own right: the brand was the first to create the profession of colorist. Coloring techniques, like cutting techniques, are specific to DESSANGE salons and are taught exclusively in DESSANGE Training Centers. Make an appointment at the nearest hairdressing salon and also inquire about the price of a scan. Your expert colourist will be able to determine the most suitable balayage technique for your hair.
Sweeping takes place after cutting. Indeed, the colorist determines the light areas and the dark areas to give relief to the cut. It is therefore essential that this has been carried out and dried beforehand.
Word of trainer DESSANGE, a quality scanning takes one to two hours. The mixture carried out, the placement of the wicks and the smoothness of these are as many ingredients necessary for a successful rendering. If you want a balayage done, schedule a trip to the hairdresser for several hours. But what could be nicer than taking care of yourself?
DESSANGE expertise: Californian Balayage
There are different blonde highlights, you can choose a very natural effect or much more sophisticated. Blond balayage is a partial but permanent coloring technique that aims to bring light back to your hair with shades of blonde. These can be hot or cold, it will all depend on your skin tone and natural color. DESSANGE expertise, this is Californian Balayage.
Since the creation of this inimitable patented DESSANGE technique, which has made its reputation as an expert in blondes, the brand has constantly reinterpreted Blond with this continual desire to illuminate the face of women: polar, solar, vanilla, sand or even nude, DESSANGE blondes are incomparable.
Californian Balayage, carried out with a brush and performed in the open air on long hair, applies to the surface of the hair, and not to the depth, to obtain dark roots and lighter ends. This technique provides a solar and natural result for a “return from vacation” effect. A timeless technique revisited with each collection.
In order to be able to create a Californian Balayage on all hair lengths and colors, other techniques have been developed. Techno Sweep, in particular, allows to create a Californian on short hair: the hair is backcombed and the color is applied by hand on the length and the ends.
The scans are always carried out in the open air and without adding paper, in order to allow the colourist to work on the color according to the line of cut and the feeling inspired by the movement of the hair. It thus highlights the cut and adapts to the regrowth.
For each client, a double color customization is performed : through the creation of a tailor-made mixture of the coloring product with vegetable milk, then as a final touch with a personalized patina developed from the Natural Pigma color optimizing shampoos.