Layage hair is shaping up to be the hottest hair trend of 2016. Colour expert Michael Kelly of Taylor Taylor London gives us the lowdown on how to pull it off. See our complete guide to layage here...
What is layage?
Layage is the hot new highlighting hair trend we want done on our locks, and involves dividing the hair into sections and splaying it on a large, flat board (hence the name layage), and painting the colour onto strands using a delicate brush.
What does layage look like?
The layage technique is like a more subtle version of ombre hair, and can be used to create natural, subtle tones or simply to give your natural colour a little lift by blending complimentary hues. Because the client’s hair is is laid flat on a surface with the head tilted back (hello, relaxation time) the colourist has maximum control over how the dye is applied, which results in a merged, gradient effect.
Who can pull off layage?
What’s the difference between balayage and layage?
‘Layage, like balayage is a technique where your colourist freehand paints strands of colour to form a cohesive blend of complimentary tones that create dimension and depth to your hair’ says Michael Kelly, Colour Director at Taylor Taylor at Liberty London.
‘Some articles have explained that layage is more fluid way of hair painting but I disagree. Balayage is designed to replicate what the sun has done to the hair naturally whereas fluid hair painting or layage is balayage done differently’ Michael adds.