Muse Hair

Balayage at Muse Hair Salon | Edinburgh, Scotland

Balayage at Edinburgh's Muse Hair. What is it? How is it applied? Why do we love it? Find out more.


What is it? How is it applied? Why do we love it?

I would like to take the time to thank Amanda for the outstanding job she did yesterday with my Balayage.
— J Lindsay

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.

Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t very soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

It can be used to create a mulitude of looks. The photoshopped image below also displays how achieving the lightest and brightest looks can take several sessions. Taking the slow and steady approach to lightening the hair allows for the hair to maintain the best condition and integrity. We also suggest adding our Olaplex upgrade which massively reduces the amount of damage that lightening products can do to the hair.


It doesn't require much maintenance. Very little actually. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments.

All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.

I had a cut and Balayage by Ailsa on Wednesday. I absolutely love it.
— C Jane