Salon Efrain Balayage

Close your eyes and picture balayage.

You are probably picturing a very beachy look.  Perhaps hair with a brown base and blonde highlights, with a natural root.

That is the most common thing people picture when they think of balayage.

However, balayage does not refer to a look.  Balayage is a technique. 

It is far more versatile than people realize.  If you are looking for low-maintenance highlights, we may suggest balayage.

What Is Balayage?

Balayage means sweep.  As a highlighting technique, it involves sweeping the color directly on the hair. The stylist has more control.

Why Choose Balayage?

  • Low maintenance hair color
  • Subtle
  • Looks natural
  • It can be tailored to create different looks
  • It helps hair stay healthier
  • Allows you to stretch the time between coloring appointments
  • Creates a blended effect

What Is the Balayage Process?

Keep in mind that balayage refers to the sweeping technique. 

With traditional highlights, the stylist uses foils to create symmetry.  Therefore, that process involves carefully creating tiny sections of hair and foiling them.

Balayage involves sweeping highlights on the hair.  It is less methodical but can be more time-consuming.

Stylists also take an individual approach to each balayage application.  In some instances, the stylist will use foils or cotton to separate the selected strands from the rest of the hair.  In other instances, the stylist will not separate the hair. 

The look we want to create determines the number and placement of the highlights, as well as the approach we take. Therefore, the balayage process differs from customer to customer.

The ends result is a custom natural looking highlights, for a sun-kissed, youthful appearance.

Can I Transition to Balayage from Other Coloring Techniques?

Absolutely. 

Many people choose the lower-maintenance balayage after having other coloring techniques.

Transitioning to the sought-after balayage beach effect may require some extra steps.

Consultation with your stylist is important.

Can You Use a Balayage Hair Technique for Other Coloring?

Many people want a beachy effect from their balayage.

However, the technique works great for any look where you want to avoid precision.  It gives a natural appearance, even with unnatural colors.

We love balayage for our adventurous clients who like a hint of bright color. The technique can create gorgeous, subtle mermaid hair.

How Is Balayage Healthier for My Hair?

Even using the gentlest color and bleaches can be damaging to your hair.  The more we process the identical strands of hair, the more likely they are to be damaged. 

That is true, regardless of the coloring process. 

Balayage reduces the likelihood of damage to your hair.  We process less hair than in traditional color applications.  The result is that a smaller percentage of your hair is processed.  The hair looks less damaged and dry.

In addition, the more extended grow-out period means fewer touchups.  Fewer touchups suggest we apply colors less frequently.  That all adds up to less damage.

Why Is Balayage More Expensive Than Traditional Highlights?

To customers, balayage can seem like it is easier than traditional highlights. 

The foil application seems like it is difficult. For an experienced stylist, using foils to create highlights is simple. 

Balayage is more challenging.  While the results may look carefree, the stylist must use skill and experience to determine the correct placement of each brushstroke.

The process takes longer and is more complex than traditional highlights.

That is why many salons charge more for balayage than for traditional highlights.

On the other hand, balayage requires fewer touchups to look fresh and new. 

The total yearly costs of traditional highlights and balayage end up being similar.

How Frequently Will I Need Balayage?

This question can be challenging to answer.

Balayage can be subtle or dramatic.

For a subtle balayage with only a few shade variations, you could grow it out without ever reapplying color.  The look would mimic end-of-summer hair. 

For a more dramatic balayage, the touchup period is every two to three months. 

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Is Balayage the Same as Ombre?

No, but also maybe.

While people use the term balayage to describe a particular beachy effect, you must keep in mind that it refers to a technique.

An ombre effect refers to a blending of the hair from one color to another.  It moves along the length of the hair. 

The result is visible horizontal changes in color. The effect should not be horizontal stripes of color, but there should be a noticeable gradient.

A stylist could use a balayage technique to create an ombre effect.

Most stylists will use at least some balayage technique to create an ombre.

Is Balayage the Same as Shatush?

Just like ombre, this is another time where the answer can be confusing.

Shatush involves backcombing the hair before the stylist applies the color.

The result is very natural-looking highlights.

The inventor of the shatush technique, Aldo Coppola, used his hands to sweep on highlights.  Stylists may emulate him and use their hands or choose to use a brush. 

Therefore, a shatush technique could incorporate balayage.

Is Balayage Right for Me?

Darling, that is why we insist on a consultation.

Many clients come to us asking for a specific technique.  However, few clients care about the method we use.  What you really want is a distinct look.

Balayage may or may not be the best way to get the look you want.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.  We will find out how you want your hair to look and explain the steps to help you reach your hair goals.

Stephanie Carpenter
Stephanie Carpenter
02:18 04 Aug 21
Effrain is the best! He has always given me top notch services and treatment! He is punctual, and also adaptable if you need him to be. He is a wonderful human and someone who genuinely cares! Please use Effrain! He always makes me beautiful!!
NORA GUAJARDO
NORA GUAJARDO
18:03 05 Oct 21
I always have a great experience. He’s very knowledgeable and the best customer service. I always walk out feeling beautiful, optimistic because we always have a great chat. 100% recommended
Will C
Will C
23:12 13 Sep 21
You will not be disappointed. This is probably the best place in the city to get a haircut. I have lived in the city for a long time and I have been going to Efrain for years now. The dude is a magician.
Nadia Baily
Nadia Baily
16:59 09 Aug 21
Heather Powell
Heather Powell
01:59 22 Jul 21
Efrain is an absolute treasure. I was lucky to be recommended to him because I needed someone with experience coloring red hair. I’d come out of a couple of bad coloring experiences, meaning waking out looking like a shiny penny. Always too much brass. He was able to enhance my natural hair at the roots with a wonderful warm red without the brass. The lighter color he uses for the balayage ads texture and depth that isn’t too overwhelming. When I walk out it truly looks sun kissed just the right amount. He also did my makeup for a wedding and it hands down was the best professional makeup I’ve had done. And I’ve had expensive makeovers gone bad more than a couple of times. He gave me the perfect smoky eyes, and no one has done that before. Best stylist and makeup artist I’ve had hands down, and just all around great guy. He’ll bring out the very best in you!
Jeremiah Romo
Jeremiah Romo
15:53 15 Jul 21
I haven't gotten my hair done by Efrain, but I was at a photoshoot with him and seen him in action fixing a few ladies hair and putting on their makeup. He's passionate about what he does and he enjoys helping women be beautiful!
Debany Elizondo
Debany Elizondo
16:51 16 Jul 21
Heather Powell
Heather Powell
02:11 22 Jul 21
Amazing hair stylist and talented makeup artist. It’s hard to find someone good with red hair. He’s able to enhance my natural color without making it look artificial or too brassy. He’s also very talented with makeup. Best smoky eye in the business! If you have an event to go to and want to look gorgeous, or are looking to enhance your hairstyle..he’s your guy!
Yoguibruja Garcia
Yoguibruja Garcia
06:11 31 Jul 21
Love my haircut and the service, he is awesome, 100% recommended.
Helga Gladik
Helga Gladik
00:59 13 Aug 21
Efrain is a wonderful stylist! He provides consistently good service and really knows how to cut and color hair, to make you look your best.
clau p.
clau p.
17:51 20 Jul 21
It is a very cozy place, the service of Efrain is always 100% professional and so friendly, I always recommend it to my friends and family! If you are looking for a good job this is the place
Oscar Trevino
Oscar Trevino
12:00 04 Aug 21
Hector Cano
Hector Cano
23:09 13 Sep 21
Efrain is amazing. Every time I go get a haircut, I get what I ask for and he also gives me advice on how to maintain my style.
Blanca Garcia
Blanca Garcia
00:49 19 Jul 21
R V
R V
23:40 19 Jul 21
I highly recommend Efrain Salon. Efrain is an excellent stylist who cares about what you want and the final results. He is professional, takes his time and is very attentive with his client's needs. RV/LV
Swathi Murali
Swathi Murali
02:07 12 Aug 21
Efrain was so great! Got a keratin treatment and haircut and he was so thorough and detailed. Keratin treatment worked wonders on my unruly, curly hair. Will definitely be back to see him in the future!
Kristy Thackerson Bridges
Kristy Thackerson Bridges
19:31 05 Jul 21
Efrain has bleached and colored my hair for over three years. He is very knowledgeable, and a master stylist with bleach, color and cuts.
Angela Portales
Angela Portales
14:40 10 Aug 21
Efrain was so knowledgeable and offered great suggestions for how I should cut my hair after letting it grow out. I am beyond happy with how it turned out and am now looking to book another appointment with him for coloring. He was so friendly and professional, I’m so glad I have found someone to trust with my hair after moving away from my long-time hair dresser.
Kristy Thackerson-Bridges
Kristy Thackerson-Bridges
23:09 12 Aug 21
Efrain has bleached and colored my hair for over three years. He is very knowledgeable, and a master stylist with bleach, color and cuts.
Marnie Hylton
Marnie Hylton
13:45 07 Aug 21
Efrain does an excellent job with hair! He is very knowledgeable of hair types and is very meticulous. He is very professional and friendly. He’s the only person I’ll go to for keratin treatment. He is also great with adolescents. Highly recommend!
Liliana Rosche
Liliana Rosche
17:57 14 Jul 21
Efrain is a great stylish, super talented and professional. I have been going to his salon for 7 years and counting. He always exceeds my expectations
Ana Vivas
Ana Vivas
15:52 13 Aug 21
Efrain is not only my stilyst but also my personal advisor in terms of the new tendencies about hairstyles. I highly recommend him if you want to change drastically or simply being more natural!!! He will guide you according to your personality and the nature of your hair.
Lourdes Esquivel
Lourdes Esquivel
17:09 25 Jul 21
He is very professional and so kind. I genuinely would highly recommend him.
Blanca Carcano
Blanca Carcano
12:02 04 Aug 21
I’ve been a costumer of Efrain salon for a while now, never a disappointment! You will definitely be satisfy with the work and ethic that he has.
Nacho Aguilar
Nacho Aguilar
21:07 15 Aug 21
Patty Stoll
Patty Stoll
03:51 27 Sep 21
My daughter’s first homecoming, first full makeup, and professional hairstyle…and Efrain was AMAZING! From making the appointment to getting us out on time, Efrain was professional, punctual, and attentive to every detail. My daughter’s natural makeup was perfect and her half updo, from a picture we found online, was brought to life and turned out a masterpiece! I highly recommend Efrain and can’t wait until the next formal occasion!
Maribel Diaz
Maribel Diaz
17:24 08 Aug 21
Cecilia Duno
Cecilia Duno
13:38 07 Aug 21
Patricia Rivera
Patricia Rivera
15:50 19 Sep 21
Absolutely amazing, great attitude, I went in there with my doubts not knowing what I was gonna do to my hair, came out with a hair cut that I fell in love with and definitely going back to do a change of look! 1000% recomended
David Boerner
David Boerner
22:38 16 Jul 21
I haven't had a professional haircut in a long time due to the pandemic, but I recently had a haircut from Efrain. I really, really liked my haircut! He understood just what I wanted: nothing too fancy, but it had to look good. He delivered in spades - 5 stars! I highly recommend him & look forward to future cuts!
Mari'Cruz Rodriguez
Mari'Cruz Rodriguez
12:19 18 Sep 21
I love this place!! I been coming here for years and wouldn’t trust my hair some where else.Efrain is extremely knowledgeable and professional.I Highly recommend him.
Cony Elizondo
Cony Elizondo
17:42 25 Jun 21
Súper recomendable excelente trabajo y buen trato amable, lo recomiendo ampliamente, súper cambios de look
Daisy Duarte
Daisy Duarte
01:13 04 Aug 21
I love Efrains work very professional love the colorI will Definitely be back.
Mary Burgess
Mary Burgess
17:17 16 Jul 21
I have gone to Efrain for years and I would never go anywhere else. He is a truly gifted artist who will make you look beautiful every time you see him. He always has good suggestions for me when I'm not sure what I want and is a joy to be around. He's the best in Houston!
Paul Vasquez
Paul Vasquez
17:51 25 Jun 21
No one does hair like him. He takes his time to make sure it's perfect.
Nancy L
Nancy L
23:17 03 Aug 21
I have been going to Efrain for several years. He does the best Brazilian keratin treatment of anyone I have been to. Highly recommend!
Grace Ruiz
Grace Ruiz
14:27 13 Aug 21
Love going to Efrain his always professional knows exactly what I want, good work ethics supper clean station.
Sonia Venegas silva
Sonia Venegas silva
20:36 22 Jul 21
camille tonnel
camille tonnel
20:46 11 Aug 21
mayra salazar
mayra salazar
18:30 03 Oct 21
He was very friendly he did an amazing job. He put in a treatment in hair and made my hair super soft and healthy. I would very highly recommend to go to him 💜💜💯
Leah Yvonne
Leah Yvonne
04:31 13 Sep 21
My experience with Efrain is way too awesome to explain in words! I love how he keeps up with the latest tendencies and applies only the most high quality products in your hair. I’m always satisfied and in love with the results as I like to let him suggest what works for my hair and it is always highly complemented. I simply couldn’t trust anyone else to do my hair. He’s the best I highly recommend him!
marisol chavez
marisol chavez
17:32 16 Sep 21
M P
M P
22:12 03 Aug 21
I definitely recommend Efrain!
Myrna Cisneros
Myrna Cisneros
16:52 07 Aug 21
Muy bien excelente en cuestión de calidad ,servicio, el buen precio,todoo y la amabilidad y conversación que tiene Efraín me encanta, tengo varios años conociéndolo, me lo recomendaron para la Keratina yo enamorada siempre que me la hace, y ahora quería un cambio en mi pelo, cambie mi vieja estilista por el, aunque estamos un poco de distancia no importa porque el trabajo que hace el, sale perfecto y me encanta… mil gracias Efraín por una combinación de luzes y el balayage,.. bendiciones y muchos más éxitos para ti…nos vemos pronto 🙏🏼😘💯
Lucero Gonzalez Franco
Lucero Gonzalez Franco
01:34 20 Aug 21
He is just the best in town.
Veronica V
Veronica V
16:53 16 Jul 21
Adriana Stovall
Adriana Stovall
20:47 20 Jul 21
Efrain is a wonderful hairstylist and always gives a great service. He also does makeup beautifully! I love my hair Efrain! GRACIAS!❤️
Talia Delgado
Talia Delgado
02:07 20 Jul 21
Efraín is awesome! He knows exactly what he is doing and knows what your hair needs. Always a great experience from start to finish. With many years of experience and thrust worthy. Look no further Efraín is the one! I would highly recommend.
Gabriela Bratten
Gabriela Bratten
18:09 07 Aug 21
I have been going to Efraín for the last 4 years now and I’m always so happy with the results ! He makes sure to listen to what I ask for and does a great job at nailing it !.. I highly recommend him. A plus: besides his great ability to make people look their best, he is just such a nice and happy person, the type of person I need when I’m trying to pamper myself.
Lee Boerner
Lee Boerner
16:57 16 Jul 21
Efrain is such a talented hair stylist and make up artist! He excels in hair cuts, has expertise in coloring, and does beautiful styling. Efrain really helps you find the most beautiful you! I highly recommend Salon Efrain!
Yolanda Lugo Troshko
Yolanda Lugo Troshko
00:42 17 Jul 21
I’ve been to the salón a few times and have had a great experience every time. I definitely recommend Efrain for any hair care needs.
Perla Ulate
Perla Ulate
01:58 06 Jul 21
I was fascinated by my hair made me color and cut I loved a very nice place excellent attention thank you 😉😉
Yudith Amaya
Yudith Amaya
19:21 29 Sep 21
As a person that has very limited knowledge about anything hair and beauty related, I have entrusted my continuous hair care to Efrain over many years. He does a wonderful job; I constantly receive compliments about what great hair I have. He has been and will continue to be my go to man for everything!
Jessica Verdinez
Jessica Verdinez
18:30 20 Jul 21
Love going to Efrain! When I first booked an appointment with him 3 years ago, it was for makeup and hair updo for my niece's Quincenera preparations. I loved how patient he was with listening to my sister's request on ensuring my niece looks appropriated for the event. This was prior to having the event, getting feel for his work, so to be certain we liked his work. After seeing his work, listening to his recommendations and especially be so thoughtful and patient, I made sure to hire him for the event. On the event he did my niece's hair and make-up where he still had time to do my hair do too. Since then I've trusted him with my hair and doing cuts and hairdos. He's very accommodating with you, especially with the pandemic. His professionalism and how he listens to what your needs is exceptional! Since then I have left my previous hair specialist and now go to him, regardless of the distance I have to travel.
Jessly Galindo Perez
Jessly Galindo Perez
14:42 13 Sep 21
Efraín is great! Have trusted him with my hair for many many years! Cannot complain, great work ethic, super professional, good person, friendly!
Maribel Díaz-Peurifoy
Maribel Díaz-Peurifoy
17:13 06 Jul 21
Efrain has been cutting my hair for years now! He does a great job and always asks for my feedback 🙂
Q Ti
Q Ti
02:45 05 Aug 21
Adriana Rivera
Adriana Rivera
13:33 04 Aug 21
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