Balayage vs. Hair Painting: How They Differ

Maggie Mulhern | February 5, 2016 | 6:26 AM

Isn't balayage the same as hair painting?

"No," says Eva Scrivo, balayage expert, salon owner and founder of the Eva Scrivo Academy (NYC). "There is a lot of misinformation out there. They are different, and the more you learn about this craft, the better you will be!"

In a nutshell, hair painting is when you paint both the top and bottom of the strand, recreating the look of a soft foil. Balayage is painting the surface of the strand, creating a built-in lowlight.

In this video, Scrivo breaks down the differences, chats about clay-based lighteners, the differences of white and blue bleaches, what to do with very dark, coarse hair and more. (Check out her academy: go to and click on the academy page...and this just in! You can use points to go to the academy!)

This is a great video for all the balayage geeks out there.

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