All set! How to create your own balayage
Section hair using the ‘hot cross bun’ technique
Part your hair in two by running a comb down your centre parting and then across your head from ear to ear. Next, divide your hair into four equal sections and clip each section back with a plastic hair clip. You can then work from one section to the other, using hair clips to secure smaller sections, ensuring that you distribute your colour evenly and precisely. Take your time when applying the hair dye, the finished effect will be well worth this methodical approach, we promise!
Apply your petroleum jelly
We love this simple but effective beauty hack. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly around your hairline and over your ears to protect your skin from stainage.
Time to begin!
Balayage is all about the contrast between dark and blonde, so be careful not to get any of the dye on areas you want to keep dark.
Pull the dye through your hair from the middle of the strand to the bottom using the comb applicator, avoiding the roots entirely. The amount of hair you cover will depend on how thick you want your highlights to be. Use the hair clips we mentioned earlier to section off and colour smaller, more targeted strands.
To achieve a more natural look, use your fingers (wearing the gloves provided, of course) to work the dye into the tips of your hair, blending the colour using downward strokes.
Time to wait...
When it comes to doing balayage at home, don’t leave the dye on your hair for any longer than the maximum time indicated on the pack. For a subtle, natural look, this is likely to be around 25-35 minutes. For more intense highlights, this could be up to 45 minutes. You can remove dye from one strand to see if it is light enough before removing from your whole hair. However, never go above the maximum development time stated on the packet and in the leaflet.
Wash it out
Wash your hair thoroughly in warm water, using the conditioning after care treatment contained in our Colorista Effects Balayage kit
. This is specially designed to leave your hair looking glossy and gorgeous.
Step back, and admire your hard work
See, it wasn’t that difficult after all! Now it’s time to unleash your beautiful blonde balayage locks on the world.
How do I care for balayage?
Once you’ve followed our step-by-step balayage guide and are rocking your new look, keep in mind your locks might need a little TLC. Injecting some moisture into the hair after the process will ensure your sun-kissed hue is soft and manageable. Reach for products that are enriched with oils to hydrate and deeply moisturise, such as L'Oréal Paris Botanicals Safflower Rich Infusion Masque
. The formula includes coconut and sunflower seed oil, leaving hair feeling silky smooth and ready to take on the world.
Be sure to also use a heat protection spray when styling your hair, it will help to avoid any damage to your balayage style. We recommend products like L'Oréal Paris Stylista The Sleek Serum Hair Styling Heat Protector
, which not only protects hair from heat damage up to 230°C, but also provides a frizz-free, sleek finish.
Need a little more after-care info? Our guides on how to wash dyed hair
and how to care for dyed hair
are packed with top tips. And if you’re after even more inspiration, check out our guide to balayage styles.
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