Balayage – also known as ombré – has become the most requested service today. It is probably the most versatile process and look on all ages for so many reasons.

The number one reason is that it is the most cost-effective technique.

It grows out so beautifully you do not need a time frame to plan another appointment. Therefore, you can stretch it out for several months, or stick with “one and done,” without looking like you need your hair redone.

The second reason, and just as important, is that it is attractive on any age.

Mature women love it because it gives dimension to even drab, white hair or flat, one-dimensional brown hair. Younger women can be as creative or as subtle as they want.

Stylists love doing it because it lets us be true artists. We don’t use foils or the antiquated frosting cap.

It is done freehand, and results can range from subtle, sun-kissed to radical, multi-colored strands or streaks in natural, pastel and neon colors.

The sky is the limit.

Lighter pieces can be painted in front and randomly throughout the head.

It can be added underneath, so it only shows when curled.

Light or dark, neon or pastel colors can be creatively added on the very tips or graduate from light to dark.

One very popular and flattering blend is darker chocolate brown to a lighter caramel. Grey or blonde hair can have a tone on tone effect just to add subtle interest.

The pieces gradually fade or grow out with time. Until then, the look will turn heads and draw attention.

It is a wonderful way for people who have never done anything to their hair to try color, and it is beautiful on natural curly hair when painted on the curls just to make the texture stand out and shine.

If you are looking to give your hair a subtle change, wanting to be noticed for your individuality, or anything in between, ask for balayage. You will not be disappointed.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. www.styleitsalon.com