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Are Balayage or Highlights Healthier?

When it comes to hair colouring, prioritising the health and integrity of your hair is paramount. Balayage and highlights are two popular techniques that can enhance your hair’s natural beauty, but which option is healthier? Let’s delve into the intricacies of balayage and highlights to determine which technique may be the better choice for maintaining healthy and vibrant hair.

It’s worth noting that balayage or highlights if well maintained and looked after should be sustainable either way. In most cases, damage is caused by inappropriate products, excessive appointments or at home attempts to trial hair products.

For more information on both options, visit our balayage service page or highlights service page.

Balayage: A Gentle Approach

Balayage, derived from the French word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint,” is celebrated for its gentle and less invasive approach to hair colouring. Unlike traditional highlights, which often involve saturating the entire section of hair with bleach or lightener, balayage focuses on hand-painting individual sections to create soft, blended highlights. This technique allows for more control over the application process, resulting in less damage to the hair shaft.

Highlights: Intensified Colour

Highlights, while effective at adding brightness and dimension to the hair, can be more damaging due to the higher concentration of bleach or lightener used. The process of foiling or applying highlights involves saturating sections of hair with bleach to lift the colour, which can weaken the hair’s structure and lead to dryness and breakage if not executed carefully.

Balayage: Pros and Cons


  • Gentle application technique minimises damage to the hair
  • Soft, blended highlights create a natural-looking effect
  • Lower maintenance requirements due to gradual regrowth


  • May not achieve as dramatic results as traditional highlights
  • Requires a skilled colourist to achieve desired results

Highlights: Pros and Cons


  • Intensified colour and contrast for a bold look
  • Versatile technique suitable for various hair types and styles
  • Can achieve dramatic results in a single session


  • Higher risk of damage and dryness due to bleach application
  • Requires more frequent maintenance to address regrowth
  • Less forgiving if not executed properly, leading to potential unevenness or brassiness

Conclusion: Choosing the Healthier Option

In conclusion, when it comes to determining which is healthier between balayage and highlights, it ultimately depends on various factors, including the condition of your hair, your desired results, and your maintenance preferences. While balayage offers a gentler approach with less risk of damage, highlights can achieve more intense colour and contrast for a bold and striking look. Ultimately, consulting with a skilled colourist at [Salon Name] is essential to assess your individual needs and recommend the best option for maintaining healthy and vibrant hair. Book a consultation with us today, and let us help you achieve your hair colouring goals while prioritising the health and integrity of your hair.

Opening Hours

Tuesday : 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday : 11:30 am – 8 pm 
Thursday : 11:30 am – 8 pm
Friday : 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday : 9 am – 5 pm


Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
OX14 5EA


T: 01235 534705
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