Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. In a hair salon like Highland Salon and Medi Spa in Maple Ridge however, the word has become a way of life…

The Balayage hair colouring technique involves hand painting hair, in a sweeping motion with a brush. This allows for a sun-kissed, natural looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children.  Another technique utilised to achieve the look of Balayage is with “foilayage” which allows us to get a better lift of colour.  

As opposed to traditional highlights, the Balayage hair technique uses no foils and the colour is applied on freehand.  The result is a lot less uniform than a highlighted hair but that is the intention, to make it look more natural with less contrast between colours.

Getting your Balayage hair colour is an investment – not just in the look you want, but the quality of the service you will be receiving.

Balayage is an art, so of course the stylist you have chosen and the hair studio you are trusting should meet these standards of excellence:

The use of premium hair colour products.

  •  At Highland we use the very best in professional quality hair colour products for our colour and Balayage clients. Our choice is based exclusively on quality and reliability. In addition to the finest in high-quality colour, we also employ protective bond-building additives to reduce breakage due to over processing and lightening.

The education and experience of your Balayage artist.

  • At Highland, our senior Balayage colour experts have a minimum of 10 years of colour experience and expert, high-level Balayage training.

A thorough consultation.

  • At Highland, your Balayage artist will review and consult with you in detail on your colour goals prior to and throughout your appointment.
  • The estimated cost of your service is also discussed with you.

Benefits of Balayage

  • Natural-looking results  
  • Smooth strokes of colour
  • Low-key natural vibe
  • Applicable to long or short hair
  • Popular with celebrities
  • Suitable for both light and dark hair

At Highland, your expert Balayage artist choices include:

River Gunay – over 7 years of professional hair and esthetics experience.

River holds several professional hair styling and colour certifications, including completing dual apprenticeships at Suki’s Academy in Vancouver. River has studied Balayage technique at the LaBiosthetique Academy in Vancouver and specializes in Blonde Balayage.  Expect a precise application, a high-lift blonde colour and extra attention to hair quality preservation while in River’s chair.

Teresa Jansen – over 11 years of professional hair styling and colour expertise.

Teresa is a fully qualified and highly experienced senior colourist and stylist. Her versatility in colour techniques includes both blonde and brunette Balayage. Teresa brings years of colour expertise from her decade-long career in Metrotown to Maple Ridge, with expert level mastery of the Balayage technique. Expect a relaxed, friendly but highly confident application and creation of your Balayage while in Teresa’s chair. 

Balayage Before & After Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions About Balayage

How long does Balayage last? 
The style does not require as much upkeep as regular colour and can last up to four months. 

Is Balayage suitable for short hair? 
Yes, it can be applied to both long and short hair, as well as curvy or straight hair,

Does  Balayage require a lot of maintenance?
Typically Balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour because there are no strong regrowth lines.  This is a perfect hair colouring technique for the modern, busy woman.  

Balayage creates a custom personalized colour finish that looks healthy and natural.  You decide if you want to finish to be subtle or bold.