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.
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, achieving 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.
Instagram: @hmbhnl, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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.
Instagram: @sophie.crown Crown Darlinghurst, Sydney 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.
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Balayage is a good way to try out coloring your hair without a drastic change to a large area of your hair, but you will still need to look after the health of your hair to prevent breakage from the lightening process and 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.
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 tell tale line, it all just grows out softly, so maintenance is very easy on the pocket.
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