It's Balayage, Baby
Sweep is the first and only balayage bar in Boulder that specializes in the art of tried and true-to-tradition, hand-painted balayage.
Providing services in a welcoming, “hello friend” atmosphere where positivity plays a part in our process, we use ethically produced and disposed of organic products.
Sweep intends to embrace organized chaos — a natural look — and to change the way hair color is traditionally done. We promote a process that is less damaging to your hair, the environment, and easier to afford. That’s the voilà of balayage.
What is Balayage?
It’s a French word that means, ‘to sweep’ or ‘sweeping.’
Balayage may sound like a new trend, but the freehand technique has been around since the disco era. In the 70s, balayage made its way from France to NYC. Although it has taken on different styles and techniques over the years, Sweep focuses on the original purpose and process — bringing dimensional color to those locks by sweeping the hair with custom paintbrushes, creating the most effortless, au naturel effect.
It’s an art form.
is Balayage for everyone?
Absolutely! Balayage involves soft brush strokes and swipes of color that play off the hair’s natural movement. It’s a process we could all use more in everyday life, where less is more and imperfections are key.
Unlike foils which have blunt lines, balayage looks like random color collected from the sun.
There is also a common misconception that balayage is the same as ombré (another French word that means ‘shaded’). However, ombré is just one technique within the balayage family. Ombré is a technique that involves color blocking where no dark shade on the bottom is left untouched — unlike balayage.
If you want to lighten up with lived-in color (yes, please) balayage is for you.
Here at the Sweep, we have seven different styles of balayage that include covering rogue gray hairs to mimicking those sun-kissed sweet spots you had as a kid.
+Full Head of Balay
It's the perfect all over blonde - a much heavier incarnation of classic Balayage with a slightly lived-in root in some areas and much more of the hair is coloured.
It can be tailored to any skin tone - anywhere from pale icier blondes, to golden shades can be used. It's a gorgeous low-maintenance colour to take you through long stretches of time as it'll start out heavy and then grow out into a lived-in finish so the upkeep is dependent on personal preference. We can use a 'base break' where we lift the natural base to soften the natural colour and make it appear much blonder for the blonde lovers!
Our most popular style. Think about the natural highlights you had as a kid or if you spent a month hanging out on the beach. We add Honey colored or brighter pieces in a combination of root touch around the face, and more lived in everywhere else with strigic “sun” placement. These organic sweeps throughout the hair give natural dimension and high movement.
+Sombre (soft Ombre)
A heavy lived in root look that gradually gets lighter from the mid to end of the hair. A soft and beautiful blended look that is on trend but not too trendy!
Think contouring for the hair, these face framing pieces add movement and depth with around the parting and touching the root, this takes little time and beautiful results with low investment.
Currently, we’re working underground at Beauty Underground (1966 13th Suite LL70 Boulder, CO) that is, until we move into our permanent location this fall.
Head to the Homestead building in downtown Boulder (under Bramble and Hare) and venture down.
We recommend parking at the 14th and Walnut parking garage or test your luck with street parking.