How to Care for Balayage Hair

Spring is the perfect time to add a lighter tone to your hair to compliment the sunshine and warmer weathers. Balayage is a great way to achieve a natural, sun-kissed look that will grow out seamlessly and last over the summer months. We feature here in our Journal “How To Care For Balayage” the selected work from salon operators that use Iles Formula Haircare to nurture their color work.


Medium length blonde balayage from Edwards and Co. in Sydney Australia

Instagram: @kk_edwardsandco Sydney Australia

Balayage is a highlighting technique that originated from French colorists in 1970s which literally means “sweeping” in French. This freehand technique creates a gradual transition between your natural roots and your chosen highlight color. This can chieve depth and dimension mimicking natural highlights from the sun and making your hair look fuller.

While balayage highlights are relatively low maintenance and great for people who are new to coloring their hair. Here are some tips on how to care for balayage hair to make it go the extra mile.

Short dark brunette balayage from HMB Hair Makeup Beauty  Honolulu, Hawaii.

Instagram: @hmbhnl,  Honolulu, Hawaii.

What is Balayage?

One of the greatest advantages of balayage treatment is that it doesn’t require frequent touching up like traditional color work and highlighting do. The gradual color transition allows for a longer period for the hair to grow out without harsh regrowth lines. It is recommended to visit the salon every 4 months to retouch the colors that may have faded and to add new subtle highlights at varying distances from the root, so the transition looks even more naturally grown out.

Long brunette balayage from Crown Darlinghurst Sydney Australia

Instagram: Crown Darlinghurst, Sydney Australia

Long blonde balayage from Edwards and Co. in Melbourne Australia

Instagram: @steph_edwardsandco Melbourne, Australia


Since balayage is a lightening process and your hair colour will go through different stages of warmth, you need to eliminate brassy tones by maintaining your hair with high quality hair care products for color-treated hair in between your salon visits. The essentials for colored hair are sulphate-free products like our Haute Performance shampoo as sulphate can not only strip away the color pigments, but also the natural oils in our hair and scalp causing it to be dry and damaged. The Iles Formula conditioner was born to follow all chemical procedures as it  shuts down tight the hair cuticle delivering  repaired and lustrous hair from the very first use and the Finishing Serum  protects the color from UV damage, color fade and heated tools.  Apply the finishing protection to wet hair before blow-drying or daily to your dry hair, it will never weigh your hair down.

3 step Iles Formula hair care to protect from hair color fading

Iles Formula 3-step hair care

Balayage is a good way to try out coloring your hair without a drastic change to your hair. But you will still need to look after the health of your hair to prevent breakage from the lightening process. Also, so that your color work will have a beautiful canvas to be shown on. You can strengthen your hair with an occasional hair mask treatment at home like our Haute Performance hair mask that will provide the nourishment of natural oils and vitamins.


Medium blonde balayage layers from Dennis Bartolomei Salon, Chicago

Instagram: @jordanheidenwith_hair Dennis Bartolomei Salon, Chicago.

Speak to your hairdresser about the upkeep but the beauty of a balayage is there is no regrowth telltale line. It all just grows out softly, so maintenance is very easy on the pocket.

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