Flawless Flamboyage: The Hair Trend That’s Making a Comeback.

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In the world of hair trends, while balayage and ombre took the spotlight, many of us forgot about flamboyage.

But guess what? Flamboyage is back, and it’s better than ever. This mix of balayage and ombre is the fresh change you’ve been waiting for!

What Exactly is Flamboyage Hair?

Flamboyage is the love child of Balayage and Ombre techniques.

The “flaming” color technique gives a graduated look just like ombre and balayage, from dark to light color. It uses more subtle colors and the overall effect is that of a lighter, sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair.

  • Say it Right: It’s pronounced flame-boyahj is also known as Balayage freehand.
  • The Technique: This technique mixes several hair colors to create an interesting fade from one color to the next. Individual adhesive strips are used to separate hair for painting to give depth and a multidimensional highlighted look.
  • The Look: Imagine the elegance of ombré combined with the sweeping charm of balayage. Yes, that’s flamboyage for you!

Stylists have more control over the process by using adhesive strips than they would with standard ombré or balayage treatments.

The result is a sort of mix between ombré and balayage, with the elegant top-to-bottom gradient of ombré procedures blended with the sweeping, layered effect of balayage.

It’s a look that can be used on all lengths of hair – from short to mid-length, wavy to long and curly.

The technique can be applied using various colors, but it’s more commonly done with blonde hues on a darker brown or bronde base. Because the highlights are painted on a natural base, the effect is more subtle.

It also looks stunning on warm chocolate browns mixed with caramel blondes, or fiery reds blended with amber or auburn tones.

This color technique is a very popular choice right now, as it’s low maintenance and looks amazing!

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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What’s the difference between Flamboyage and balayage?

Balayage is a freehand hair painting highlighting technique that blends lighter color throughout the hair in a sweeping style. It’s low maintenance as it grows out gradually and softly with the natural hair color.

Flamboyage is a combination of balayage and ombre, with a more graduated, defined blending of hair colors and tones.

What is the difference between balayage and Foilyage?

Balayage is an art of painting the lightener or color onto the hair in sweeping motions, to achieve sun-kissed streaks.

Foilyage is doing the same thing but using foils to accelerate the processing. The use of foils make the highlights stronger and lighter than balayage which is more subtle.

What’s the difference between sombre and balayage?

Sombre is a darker version of ombre. It uses the hair’s natural base color to achieve a “shadow” effect on the hair. It can also be referred to as ‘Root shadowing’.

Balayage uses brighter highlights towards the top section of your hair with darker bits blended at the bottom. They are different techniques of lightening your hair through painting method.

So, Is Flamboyage For You?

It sure is! This style suits any face shape, skin tone and eye color. Hurrah!

You can also tweak this style to suit your own personal preferences and lifestyle. Longer layers and sides will give you added volume at the base, while shorter layers and sides will add ease to styling.

Whether you’re a busy mom or a working professional, Flamboyage is a low-maintenance color technique that’s easy to maintain for any lifestyle! Choose from multiple colors or combine different tones for extra impact.

It’s a great option if you want to freshen up your look but don’t have much time. As it grows out gradually and softly, the style will need a few touch-ups every 4 to 8 weeks or longer depending on how fast your hair grows.

Can I do Flamboyage hair at home?

Well no, not without some previous training on how to paint hair! We wouldn’t recommend it.

The technique is very difficult to do at home and unless you have had lots of practice with bleaching techniques and painting on highlights.

You can purchase ready bleach kits which come with instructions but at the end of the day it will be trial and error if you get the shade wrong, which is very easy to do.

Most hairdressers will mix colors to create the right shade for you depending on your hair condition and natural coloring so the result will suit you perfectly.

When in doubt – speak to your stylist!

Watch and learn: How to get Flamboyage hair.

Check out how the Flamboyage technique is done by the professionals so you know what to expect!

Does flamboyage use bleach?

Yes, bleaching is essential to achieve this look. Bleach creates the ombre effect with the blonde strands going from dark roots to lighter ends.

Dye can also be applied to both blonde strands and darker roots to create an even tone that runs all through your hair.

After the bleaching is done, your hair will be toned with hair toner or gloss to give it a more natural look – and avoid it turning orange or green!

How long does flamboyage take?

As a rule of thumb, the more hair you have, the longer it will take.

If you want a nice subtle highlights this will take less time than if you want something bolder and brighter.

2 hours plus wouldn’t be unusual but it will likely be longer if you’re getting it done professionally.

It’s all worth it!

How long does Flamboyage last?

One of the best things about this style is that it’s super low maintenance.

The look can lasts for 4 to 8 weeks depending on how fast you grow out your roots. But as your roots grow, it looks awesome as a root stretch or grown-out root look.

You can also easily add babylights, highlights or ombre to switch up your look without waiting for it to grow out.

Keeping That Flamboyage Fresh

  • Re-Touch: Drop by the salon every 4-6 weeks.
  • Toning: Every 2-3 weeks to keep the color in check.
  • Hair Love: Purple shampoos are a blonde’s best friend. And never, ever skip on that conditioner. Your flamboyaged hair will thank you!

Parting words.

Flamboyage hair is a stunning look used by many celebrities and to be honest could work on just about anyone.

It needs regular salon visits for re touching and toning but the result makes it worth while!

If you are heading for this look then check out our top tips above and speak to your stylist before anything else. Good luck!

This article was written by:

  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
    Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!