There is a lot of recent information on hair color to take in. Look no further if you’re considering changing your hue or simply want to know what all these trendy words actually represent. Here, the Open Hair Miami team explains what makes balayage and highlights unique and how to decide which is best for you. Read below to learn the differences.

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What is the Difference Between Balayage and Highlights?



What does the term “balayage” (which you have likely seen used frequently online over the past several months) actually mean? When applying color to a client’s hair, the colorist must utilize a sweeping motion, referred to as balayage. The French word “balayage” literally translates as “to sweep”. Although the balayage process has been established since the early 1970s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that it entered the American hair industry.

The balayage process established its reputation by giving clients stunning lightened ends that flawlessly mix in with their natural hair. Although it can appear pretty simple to pull off, a great eye and a highly well-trained hair stylist are required to pull it off! In order to make the color look as natural as possible while using the balayage technique, a stylist must be able to recognize the texture and movement of your hair naturally.


Highlights, believe it or not, have existed forever. The first highlighting method is thought to have been created by the Greeks in the fourth century B.C. The original “bleach” was a concoction of local pollen, olive oil, and gold flakes. I’d like to be able to cover my head in gold flakes if I had enough money. A person would sunbathe in the sun for hours after applying this concoction to their hair. This approach is obviously both time-consuming and inefficient. Despite this, the gold flake method has been utilized for ages! The early 20th century saw the development of the contemporary highlights we know and love today.

Most people agree that highlights are a great way to give your hair character and movement. Highlights are a fantastic way to switch things up if, like me, you have solid-colored hair that isn’t naturally that way. Low lights are an option if you naturally have blonde hair and feel like changing things up a bit. Low lights are precisely what they sound like; the method is the same as highlighting, except instead of bleach, you’d use a darker hue. Low lights are a terrific technique to gradually go from lighter to darker hair or to introduce small changes over time.

Balayage vs Highlights: Which One Should I Choose?

It can be really challenging to decide between highlights and a balayage, especially when they are so close. Your decision depends on how frequently you want to go to the salon for upkeep. If your schedule and budget allow it, opt for such highlights every 6 to 8 weeks. On the other hand, maybe you’d prefer a balayage (if you’d rather go through one major, pricey procedure); and then not have to deal with it again! Consider your lifestyle and decide which best suits you. Girl, you do you!

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Consider our stylists to be Miami’s premier hair color specialists. We are aware that a custom color solution has the ability to drastically alter how you seem and convey your unique identity. Our talented stylists at Open Hair Miami Salon in Miami Springs stay current with the newest techniques and trends, including the popular and low-maintenance balayage look. Our ability to intelligently position partial or full highlights is another one of our abilities. We know that customers drawn to these color services may be those seeking a subdued boost or motivated by the whole spectrum of blondes. Above all, we delight in doing everything we can to offer you hair that boosts your self-esteem and provides a distinctive look. To feel and look your best, book a hair color appointment with us right away!

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