This weekend I was invited to go along to a rather fabulous salon in Knightsbridge to meet Jack Howard and for him to introduce me and my hair to the hair colouring technique of Balayage.

Jack has been working over in the US for the past 17 years, where Balayage is already pretty big – whereas over here it’s still relatively new. Balayage offers the same brightening/sunkissed effect of regular highlights, but with a difference – the technique used to apply them means that they look far more natural and that regrowth is far more subtle. The finish is very much the ‘just back from a long holiday in the sun’ rather than just back from a long morning at the hair dresses.

The term ‘balayage’ is the French word for ‘to sweep’, which very much describes the style of application of colour. The technique originate in France in the 1970’s and became hugely popular in the US in the late 90’s. Jack, having worked as a hair dresser in the US for the past 17 years is an expert in the technique.

Post-Balayage & fabulous blow dry.

Jack is now working at the Equus salon in Knightsbridge, which I described as fabulous and there basically isn’t a better word I can think of. It’s very much a ‘ladies who lunch’ type of salon – to give you an idea… I overheard a conversation whilst I was there that on the day of the royal wedding a number of guests have booked into the salon to make sure their hair looks appropriately high maintenance al-la Kate Middleton and her swishy locks.

Jack was just as fabulous as the salon – so friendly and welcoming I felt very much at ease. He talked me through the technique and how it differs from the traditional technique. The main noticeable difference, as a customer is that the highlights are painted on and separated using cotton wool and cling film rather than tinfoil.

The method of applying the colour isn’t as regimented as with a full head of highlights, Jack asked about how I wear my hair – where I have my parting and if I tie it up and applied the colour in places that would naturally be lightened by the sun.

The style of balayage (cling film rather than foil)

I am really happy with the overall result of my balayage hair colour. It’s been a long time since I last had my hair coloured and despite toying with the idea of going dark for a while, deep down I know I’m a blonde and can’t deny it!


My hair looks so much brighter thanks to Jack working his magic on it and I’m delighted. What I am interested to see is the difference in the roots as the colour grows out. As I have a naturally fair base colour, the contrast isn’t the easiest to pick up on camera, although personally – I really notice it! If this technique does make the re-growth far more subtle then I am absolutely a convert!

The prices for Balayage range from £75 (for face framing) to around £200 (full head).

You can find out more about Jack Howard on his website or by following him on twitter.

Appointment arranged by PR for review.



  1. Meeta
    February 21, 2011 / 12:26 pm

    I really like the colour – it is brighter but does look very natural.

  2. Jo
    February 21, 2011 / 1:18 pm

    Your hair looks grogeous! and what a fabulous blow dry, wish i could do mine like that every day!!

    Jo xoxo

  3. February 21, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    Thanks, that’s what I thought. It’s pretty much exactly how my hair goes after a holiday in the sun rather than in the salon 🙂

  4. Sami
    February 21, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    The colour looks really vibrant… and waves really suit you! x

  5. beautydiarist
    February 21, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    It is lovely – my hair was like that when I was about 8yrs old, then gradually it got darker and I paid more and more to evoke those memories. Now as I get greyer I am going lighter, not quite the same though 🙁 Jan x

  6. February 21, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    Wow! Your hair looks gorgeous! It looked beautiful before, but the extra blonde looks so natural and lovely xxx

Leave a Reply

Privacy policy

Your data is serious business. You can read our full privacy policy here.