What’s the Difference in Balayage vs. Foils vs. All Over Color??

No matter your current hair situation, it's important to know your best options for going blonde. We're here to help you figure out what kind of color will work best on your unique face shape and natural hair texture! Take a look at our guide below:.


Balayage is a less harsh version of ombre. It's a french word that means "to sweep." This technique involves painting on the guests' blonde highlights with a brush or comb, so there are no harsh lines. What does that mean for you? This equals a soft grow out and less maintenance, a win win! Balayage allows you to mimic the natural lighting effects in your hair by using more color than foil would give you.

This method is better suited for people who have damaged hair as well as those with darker hair because it will not damage the cuticle layer of their strands as much as other methods do. This is also a great option for guests who want longer time between appointments and less maintenance, woohoo!


Highlights are a great way to add dimension to your hair. Highlights can be done on all hair types, but they’re most common for women with fine or medium hair because the lighter tones help their hair appear thicker. Highlights should not be confused with balayage, which is much more subtle and natural looking. The main difference between highlights and balayage is that while both colors are applied by hand using a brush or comb, highlights are deposited on top of the existing color while balayage is painted underneath the entire head. This technique gives balayage its natural-looking effect that’s less obvious than traditional highlights—you won't be able to see where your roots start and end! #LivedInColor, anyone??


Lowlights are a great way to add some dimension to your hair. Lowlights can be done in a few ways, but the most common is when you combine highlights and lowlights put together. This is when a stylist would do highlights throughout your hair and add small amounts of different or darker colors (sometimes the same color as the highlights they just did) throughout the rest of your hair. This gives it a more dimensional look that can either be subtle or bold depending on how many colors are used!

All Over Color

All over color is a super common type of color service! It covers your entire head in a single process with a single color and is typically used to cover gray hair. This can be a great option for those with naturally dark hair or who are looking to cover their gray!

Blonde is beautiful... but getting the right tone can be tricky!

To keep blonde hair looking fresh, natural and healthy it needs to be balanced. Blonde hair can range from a silkly, shiny, platninum color, or to a dull brassy orange color. The difference between the two is the balance of violet pigments in each strand of hair. When your stylist does balayage on someone with dark brown or black hair, they will use a toner that has more violet pigments than yellow or orange pigments to neutralize those colors and give you an all over golden glow.

So, what now?

We hope this has given you some food for thought on choosing the best coloring method for your hair! Don't worry though, if you are still undecided on what method to pick, your stylist can ALWAYS help you decide the best option for your hair. Set up a consultation today to chat with one of our hair salon stylists about your #HairGoals and ensure your color appointment is booked correctly!

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