For the last 12 months, I have ditched the highlights and instead, my Colourist has used the balayage technique on my hair. Much more natural-looking and need fewer trips to the salon, balayage is the perfect option for busy women.
Balayage was created by a French Colourist back in the 1970s. The word balayage means to sweep in French and the colour is applied with a brush. The colourist’s hand paints highlights onto the hair to mimic a natural Sunkist style.
Balayage is very low maintained compared to highlights but like any colour, treatment does require some care to keep your hair looking healthy. Below are some tips & tricks.
Treat your hair to a weekly conditioning treatment to help keep it from drying out. I personally love the Banana Hair Mask by Bodyshop or invest in the aftercare range from OLAPLEX. Not only will this help to keep your hair strong, but it will also keep the colour looking fresh for longer.
Specialist products don’t need to be expensive. For blonde balayage use a purple shampoo to counteract any brassiness. If your balayage is more caramel, then use a colour depositing product to help bring dull hair back to life. It is also important to use heat protectant spray before using any hot hair tools. This will stop split ends and excessive over-drying.
Do not and I repeat do not try to do your own balayage at home. You will only end up regretting your choice and spend extra money getting it fixed. I go to a Balayage specialist Manchester every 4 months for a colour refresh and trim. Since I changed from highlights to balayage my hair is so much stronger, and it’s grown quicker too.
Beachy waves are the perfect way to style your balayage hair. This can be achieved by using a large barrel curling iron or by plaiting your hair at night and applying a salt spray to give extra texture in the morning. If you prefer your hair straight don’t forget to add a couple of drops of glossing serum to add extra shine to your hair.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s balayage post. If you have any tips or tricks you would like to add, just comment below.
**This post is a collaboration and I have been compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own **