Balayage vs. highlights: which one is right for you?

If you've been on the look for a hair change chances are you've encountered the current hair debate: balayage or highlights? To the untrained eye it may seem like the same thing, but when you love hair as much as we do, you know there is a huge difference and so many questions to ask before deciding. Which is better for your hair? Which looks the best? And the most important question... which is easiest on the wallet? 

We're breaking down the basics to make your decision a little clearer and a lot easier:



The trend of balayage shook the hair community. The beauty of this hair treatment is it gives you the fresh off the beach natural color. The color that is swept on to your locks should be a few shades lighter than your natural base. This look gives you highlights that make your pals question whether or not you got your hair done (which is always a plus).  Balayage can be subtle but it also can be done where you're getting some serious light added in – again it’s all up to you! No matter what, it looks more natural and soft than traditional highlights.  In terms of your wallet, getting balayage done to your hair will cost more than typical highlights but trust us, you do not want to go cheap with this look. However, balayage has fewer regrowth lines due to the technique of the stylist freehanding the color onto the hair which means fewer color appointments. Usually, you’ll need to get your treatment done every 3-6 months.




There’s a reason why highlighting hair is so popular: it works and it looks stunning! Highlighting is more of a controlled process and is used with foils. Therefore, the color will look more uniform in a structured pattern. If you’re wanting dramatically lighter hair, highlighting is the route you should take. People achieve stunning color from the standard highlights but there is more of a regrowth line which leads to more frequent visits to the salon. This can really put a dent in the wallet. To keep up with your highlights it’s common to get it retouched every 4-6 weeks. 


Color treatment, no matter what color treatment you may choose, is damaging to your hair. Soooooo, getting into an after color treatment routine is a must! Using products with lots of hydration is the smartest thing you can do for your hair. Our Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner can aid with this. The two combined, leave your hair feeling quenched and more repaired.


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hydrated, healthy hair

Along with the proper shampoo and conditioner, using a nourishing hydrating mask is essential when coloring. For color-treated blonde, silver, or platinum hair — we recommend using Purple Mask to help reduce brassiness and add hydration. For all other color-treated hair, we suggest our Hydrating Mask to deeply moisturize and protect strands. Our Hydrating Mask locks in the moisture and leaves your hair feeling color and wear ready. Before you hop in to giving your hair a blow dry, protect your strands and ensure a glossy looking finish by using some Leave-In Mist.


purple hair mask

purple hair mask

formulated to hydrate, soften
and reduce brassiness in blonde,
grey and silver hair tones

You should be cautious when styling your hair after coloring but if you do, make sure you use Ghost Oil after using that blow dryer to tame those frizzies you may have from the color damage. 

Like stated before, heat styling your hair isn’t the best of options after color, so instead of washing and repeating for that complete style, refresh your look with some dry shampoo. Apply from root to end and work through your mane to get that rejuvenated look while saving your hair from that added heat.


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dry shampoo

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designed to make your
hair look and feel clean

Hopefully by now, you've decided which of these two hair treatments is the one for your transformation but if you still have questions, feel free to DM us on Instagram at @verbproducts. We can help with suggestions + recommendations so you can live with #nobadhairdays. 

If you want more product recs for your unique hair type, texture, concerns, and goals — check out our hair quiz for personalized recommendations.