I’ve been the proud owner of a bob haircut for the past year and a half. It came after accepting the fact that as much as I love the idea of long, Rapunzel-esque hair, short styles suit my face shape better. However, I’m now starting to feel a bit bored with the colour, which has been a variation of dark brown for as long as I can remember. I feel a familiar aesthetic itch creeping up on me, which has seen me get a tattoo and helix piercing in the last six months alone. After trawling through the social media pages of some of my favourite influencers and celebrities, I’ve well and truly warmed to the idea of going for a soft balayage.
Hailey Bieber proves just how flattering softly blended ends can be on a bob.
What Is Balayage?
Tom Connell, hair art director at Davines, describes the technique as sweeping and painting colour in a way that it won’t look like it has been placed in one static area. “Balayage will show a lighter colour blending from [the] natural colour rather than a solid place, which is achieved [with] traditional highlights.”
A quick Google search for "balayage", and you’ll most likely be served images of those with longer, lighter hair embracing the trend, but it’s important to remember the technique not only works on all hair colours, but textures and lengths too. “It comes down to tailoring it to the individual,” says Connell. “Eye colour, skin tone and how much shadow you want to create around the face should all be taken into account.”
So if like me if you have a lob, bob or pixie cut, I’ve searched high and low for the best short hair balayage inspiration to save for your next trip to the salon.
"For any bleach service, you need to ensure you’re adding the right amount of moisture and protein," says Connell. "The added benefit of the Heart of Glass range is that it contains natural pigments which control the warm blonde tone over the coming weeks."
As the balayage technique often involves bleaching the hair, you need to keep it well looked after. This deep-conditioning mask not only strengthens the hair, but also prolongs the life of colour treatments.