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19 Balayage Hair Color Ideas for 2017

What is balayage, you ask? With its French definition meaning ‘to sweep or to paint”, it is exactly that when it comes to hair! Balayage is a hair coloring technique where the color is literally painted onto the hair. This result is a graduated, natural-looking color that is all the rage right now.

Balayage can be done with a variety of color combos on a variety of hairstyles. This collection of balayage hair ideas will show you just how versatile (and how gorgeous!) this color technique truly is!

  • Disconnected Bob

    disconnected bob balayage

    Instagram @shannasimms

    Q&A with style creator, Shanna Henke
    Hairstylist and Color Educator @ Dominic Michael Salon in Chesterfield, MI


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a short disconnected bob with a natural balayage. My favorite thing about this look is the modern and fresh take on a classic design that can be styled a variety of ways.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    This look was created using Kerestase Demsimorphose mousse on wet hair for thickness and texture, then finished with L’Oreal Professionnel True Grip for texture and Infinium 3 for hold and memory.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This is a very natural color pallet that is extremely versatile. It will flatter most skin tones or can be easily customized for each client. Staying close to the client’s natural level is key. The haircut is great for fine or thick hair as you can vary the degree and severity of the undercut.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    This is a low maintenance cut and color combination. My biggest tip would be to use a demi permanent hair color for a softer grow out and a diffused balayage application.

  • Dimensional & Rich

    dimensional-rich-balayage

    Instagram @danicahair

    Q&A with style creator, Danica Vance
    Hairstylist @ Shannon Hair in Valencia, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as a dimensional and rich balayage. My favorite thing about it is the movement it creates in the hair, as well as the bangs because they make the look a little different than what everyone else has

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    For coloring, I would recommend Wella Multi-Use Blondor with 20 vol and toning with Wella Color Touch and 6 vol. For styling, use a 1 1/4-inch curling iron starting from the top and working down, leaving about an inch of the ends out. Comb fingers through hair and spray R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo Texturizing Spray.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I think any skin tone can tone pull off this hair color. I think this look in particular looks best on hair that is on the straighter side, especially for the bangs.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    My best tip in recreating this look is painting on the lightener with a soft brush and blending with fingers. Less is more, and it won’t be dimensional if you lighten everything.

    In regards to maintenance, the nice thing is that this color grows out amazing so just glossing in between color appointments will keep it shiny and rich.

  • Princess Elsa Inspired

    disney elsa balayage hair color

    Cassi Pierce-Lackey / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Cassi Pierce-Lackey
    independent stylist @ House of Color in Colorado Springs, CO


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look was created for the Disney Princess at heart, channeling Elsa! My favorite part of this style is how simple it is to maintain. Balayage forever!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    To achieve this style, I began with Biolage’s RAW Nourish shampoo and conditioner. This pair will give you really healthy, shiny hair. Use Kenra’s Revive Oil and Blowout Spray to smooth out your hair with a blow dryer. Curl with a 2-inch barrel wand (I LOVE the Paul Mitchell Unclipped wand) and finish with some Joico Hair Shake and a messy fishtail braid.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    I love this color on anyone with fair skin. It’s a difficult color to achieve and maintain, even on naturally very light hair. It is possible to get here from dark hair, but it will be over many appointments.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    After creating this color with Kenra’s color line, I sent my client home with VIRAL Shampoo in Lavender to use once a week. I suggest getting a water softener for anyone that washes their hair with hard water.

  • For The Hectic Schedule

    hectic balayage hair color

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    Q&A with style creator, Danielle Abarientos
    Hairstylist @ Fifth&Mae Salons in Roswell, GA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look was created for a busy client that is not able to be in the salon on a regular six to eight week schedule. It is well blended, has a very natural contrast, and works with a hectic schedule! My favorite aspect of balayage is that it is low maintenance. Some of my clients only get their balayage done once or twice a year!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I love Aveda products and have worked with Aveda throughout my entire career. For this look, I used a small amount of Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair to add some protein and protection during the blowout. o wave it out, I used Aveda’s Air Control Hairspray before, during, and after wrapping large vertical sections around a 1-inch straight barrel wand.

    I used Paul Mitchell’s Neuro Wand. It’s a favorite of mine! Also remember to alternate directions as you curl and leave the last one to two inches out to get a soft, modern tousle. Break apart the curls with Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid and you’re done!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Balayage is a very natural and organic way to highlight the hair and add dimension. Any hair type, texture, and length can pull off balayage as long as it’s tailored to your specific style. For my client, these light golden tones helped warm up her skin tone, making her look like she’s still in summer!

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Maintenance on balayage should be very simple and straightforward. I recommend coming in every 12-16 weeks for a simple gloss (to adjust the tone/reduce unwanted warmth) and a cut! An hour-long appointment every couple of months makes certain that your balayage lasts and lasts. You can decide when you want your highlights brought back up and that will be when you need your balayage done again.

    My best tip ultimately is to take care of your hair! Use products that cater to your needs, cut down on heat styling, and get regular glosses and trims. Healthy hair will always look best!

  • Rooted Look

    rooted balayage hair color

    Alohi Lewis / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Alohi Lewis
    Hairstylist @ Cristophe Salon in Newport Beach, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is effortless, yet perfectly polished. My favorite aspect about this dimensional blonde is giving it a more “rooted look” and keeping more of the internal depth present.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    In the salon, I use a combination of different lines. For this look, I used Wella lightener and Wella Color Touch Demi color. I also supplemented Brazilian B3 into my lightener. This helps prevent breakage when going lighter.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Honestly, anyone can pull off this look! Skin tone is definitely crucial for choosing your tone. For this client, I wanted warmer tones to melt into creamy tones on the bottom. This way the color that was closest to her face wouldn’t wash her out.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    I painted on lightener as if the sun naturally would. I sectioned off her hair into three sections: one in the back and one on each side. I worked in horizontal sections, always keeping in mind to leave enough of her natural color for depth. I did two glosses after her shampoo. The first one was applied from root to her mid lengths and the second gloss was for her ends.

    To maintain this color, I always recommend using professional hair products. My favorite shampoos and conditioners are color safe and sulfate-free. I work a lot with Kérastase. It always keeps my clients’ hair super shiny and healthy. I also always recommend maintenance with toners and treatments as the color fades. The timing on this depends of each client’s lifestyle and how much heat is put on the hair. For this look, she will be able to stretch her next color appointment anywhere from three to five months!

  • Blonde Mermaid

    mermaid balayage hair color

    Carrieann Njaastad / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Carrieann Njaastad
    Hair Artist & Colorist @ Style Onsite in Schaumburg, IL.


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is what we call “mermaid hair”! It truly does have the colors you would see in water — light blue, teal, dark blues, and even a hint of purple for some drama. It’s beachy, edgy, and fun.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    As far as the color melt application, Pravana Vivids and Joico Semi Permanent Fashion Colors are what I used to create it. I also used Kenra’s Violet Semi Permanent Color.

    As far as maintenance after the color application, a color protecting shampoo and conditioner are a must. I’m obsessed with Matrix, Redken and KMS products. As far as creating the beach waves, all I did was curl the hair with a 1-inch iron and spray it with Kenra’s Super Hold Hairspray. Voila!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Anyone can achieve this look. I have to admit, it’s much easier for someone who is already a highlighted, healthy blonde or someone who has naturally lighter hair and can get light enough easily without breakage. As far as skin tones, the fair to medium skin tones always look amazing with these bold colors. I love muted colors and pastels on dark skin tones.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Absolutely use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner. Always use a firm hold hairspray for beach waves. Here is my best secret for beachy waves. Before any styling I ever do, I spray “It’s a 10 Miracle Spray” on the hair before I blow dry. I like to keep the hair as healthy as possible before I use any heat tools. Lightly spray the hair before you curl it, curl it, and then spray it again afterwards. As far as the fashion colors, make sure the hair is as light as possible before applying the semi permanent pigment.

  • Sun-Kiss Hair

    sun kissing balayage hair color

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    Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Orr
    Hairstylist @ Salon Kingston in West Hollywood, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life and that is probably the biggest reason that I gravitate to the balayage look. To me balayage is meant to mimic naturally sun-kissed hair, which is why I love it. When most people think of southern California they think of sunny skies, tan skin and sun kissed hair. My favorite thing about this look is that anyone can have it. It’s the best way to add lightness to the hair without ruining the integrity of the hair.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    The best product to use with balayage is always a color-safe shampoo. I prefer Elements by Wella which is a high conditioning shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free. For styling, recreating a beachy curl is the best way to show off that color. Remember the look you are going for is sun kissed, so what goes best with sun kissed hair? Beachy waves!

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Anyone can have this sun kissed look. If you have dark hair, the light pieces should be no lighter than a light brown/dark blonde. Redheads can have strawberry blonde balayage and blondes can go lighter.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Balayage is the most low maintenance color out there. The highlights are meant to be so blended with a rooty look so you can go longer between services. I recommend one gloss service four to five weeks after, then coming back in for touch up no longer than three months after the original service.

  • A More Natural Balayage

    Q&A with style creator, Renee W Owens
    Owner/Stylist/Redken Color Specialist @ Sunshine Hair Designs in Tarboro, NC


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This client came in with grown out, brassy foil highlights and wanted a lighter, softer, more natural balayage look. She wanted to stay more natural through the top to allow for a softer grow out.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I balayaged her all over using Redken flash lift with 40 volume and Redken PH bonder to protect the integrity of the hair. I processed at room temperature for 30 minutes. After processing, I went back with Redken shades Eq 1 part 9v and 1 part Crystal clear for 15 minutes to glaze, tone and seal.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This look can be worn by most anyone since we kept her natural tones through the top and lighter through the ends.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    This color technique is great to use on clients who don’t want to come in every six to eight weeks for touch ups because it grows out beautifully!

  • Merlot Melt

    merlot melt balayage hair color

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    Q&A with style creator, Patricia Perry
    Owner of Patricia Perry Salon in Westfield, NJ


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look was originally a summer blonde balayage. Transitioning into the fall, she wanted to spice up her color into something a tad warmer. We decided on this merlot color and melted it into her previously light blonde hair, then glossed with a golden blonde. I call this a burgundy color melt!

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    We are a Davines Salon, all of our styling products are vegan and low impact. To keep the hair looking healthy and shiny, we recommend the Minu shampoo and conditioner, followed by Minu hair serum to protect from heat while blow drying, and also add moisture and shine to the hair.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    Merlot complements a large variety of skin tones. Due to the fact that it contains violet, the range can span from light to dark skin tones. I would not recommend this color if the person naturally has a lot of red undertones in their complexion. The red will draw out more red and therefore enhance skin blemishes and/or rosacea.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    When recreating this look, select a vibrant red violet in a level 5 or 6. As stated earlier, this color was melted over a six week grown out balayage, so the roots got some depth while the midshaft became more vibrant. I always seal a red with a clear gloss, or in this case a golden blonde to refresh the previous blonde.

  • Lived-in Highlights

    Lived in balayage highlights

    Mola Raxakoul / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Mola Raxakoul
    Hairstylist & Colorist in Burlingame / San Francisco Bay Area, CA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I love this look because it’s so effortless and soft. I created this type of highlight to make her hair more dimensional as though it’s her natural hair color. I darkened and melted her root for a seamless grow out. Clients love this look because it’s very low maintenance. It’s a great “lived-in” highlight/hair color.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I love Oribe shampoos. My two favorites are Beautiful Color and Gold Lust. I also love the Gold Lust Serum to help the hair look shiny and soft. A client will want to come in anywhere from 8-12 weeks to help keep the shine and richen the color with a color glaze. The glaze will help to maintain the vibrancy of the hair.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This look is great on everyone! It’s a beautiful golden with different brown dimensions. This particular client has thick hair, but it would also look great in someone who also has fine hair since it will appear fuller because of the dimension in the color.

    I added long layers in the hair and gave it a good textures taking off some of the weight. This look is great for someone who can’t come into the salon as often because it’s very low maintenance. The highlights could be redone every four to six months, and the root color every three to four months.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip for someone who would like this look is to be sure their hair is healthy. There is nothing worse than someone wanting highlights when the ends are dried up or fried up and they don’t want to cut it.

    I always recommend my clients do a coconut oil hair mask (use organic and raw) one to two days before their highlight appointment. After shampooing, towel dry the hair and add coconut oil all over from the mid shaft to the ends. Either leave it on for 30 minutes or overnight before washing it out with shampoo. This treatment helps to lock moisture into the hair while we process. It limits breakage and helps keep the shine in the hair. Just know that it is very important to be to fully rinse the coconut oil out before the appointment!

  • Sunkissed Blonde

    Sunkissed blonde balayage

    Shelby Fischer / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Shelby Fischer
    Hairstylist @ Elite Salon & Day Spa Jacksonville, FL


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a sunkissed beachy blonde on a nice fresh cut for those who like to keep their length, but also want something with a little more shape. My favorite thing about it is how she has natural-looking dimension that really gives her hair some depth.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    On this look I used a few different products; Nevo smoothing cream to tame her frizz, Evo blowout spray to prime her for a nice blowout, and Indie sea salt spray for added texture after giving her beach waves with a flat iron.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This style would work well on most hair types and with most lifestyles. Since she has balayage, she has a more long term color that will require her to come in less often than traditional highlighting would. The length is suitable for most since it has a fun shape but can still be pulled into an upstyle.

    Fine hair would work well for this cut as well, but would need much less layering. This particular client had a lot of bulk, so I thinned her out as well as layered her hair heavily to relieve some of the weight.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My tip for those looking to get this style is to make sure that they use professional products at home and keep their heat styling tool temperatures as low as possible to maintain the health of lightened hair. To maintain the cut, they will probably have to come in every eight weeks or so. If your starting canvas is very dark, have patience! Blonde is an investment, both in time and money.

  • Ruby Red

    ruby-red-balayage

    Natasha Fehlhaber / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Natasha Fehlhaber
    Stylist & Salon Owner @ Reveal Salon & Spa in Omaha, NE


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is bold and sassy. I love how the light catches the ruby red balayage!

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    To achieve this look, I used Aveda Daily Hair Repair and Keune Satin Oil to condition and soften the hair. Due to her natural curl, I used Evo Easy Tiger to smooth and defrizz. I added Keune Root Boost at the scalp for great volume and Keune Mousse throughout to give a soft, bouncy hold. I pieced out her curl with Aveda Control Paste for a little shine and separation.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    I love this look for those who are ready to amp it up and make a statement. This is look is fun and bold, but not too ‘in your face’. Her natural curl makes this style a breeze on quick days, and here we did a blowout and added a beachy curl to spice it up. Those with not too wide of a jawline or too ruddy of a complexion are perfect candidates for this overall look.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Think about what works for you. The maintenance? Your lifestyle? TALK to your stylist. You have to be ready to turn some heads with this look as well. Red is definitely for the bold!

  • Sandy Beach Blonde

    Sandy beach blonde balayage hair

    Michael Greene / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Michael Greene
    Stylist @ PR at Partners Hair Salon in Washington, D.C.


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this as the sandiest of beach blondes! I love the seamless melt from her natural base into a bright blonde.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I used R+Co’s One to prep the hair and added High Dive for moisture and shine. I ALWAYS shoot for shine when taking someone blonde, as it is often what’s missing.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    The wonderful thing about this hair color is that it can be customized for any combination of skin color and style. For this particular shade, my client has olive undertones and rich brown eyes. Her style lends toward a modern, bohemian look, which is what drew us to the effortless color.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this look?

    The best part of this color is how low maintenance it is! I would recommend haircuts and color touch-ups every three to four months (or once a season). Ask your stylist for a full balayage/hand painting service, and be sure to take home a weekly treatment/bond builder like Olaplex to maintain the hair’s integrity.

  • Caramel-Toned

    caramel-toned-balayage

    Amanda Vandongen / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Amanda Vandongen
    Hairstylist @ Kelly Cardenas Salon in Salt Lake City, UT


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a caramel-toned balayage on long hair. My favorite things about this look are how seamlessly the colors blend, and that the hair will look amazing straight or curled.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    I would recommend Paul Mitchell’s Super Strong Shampoo and Conditioner to maintain hair health after the color. For styling, I would recommend Extra Body Daily Root Lifter for volume at the top, then Hot Off The Press as a thermal protectant with light hold. I used the Paul Mitchell Unclipped 1-inch rod to curl the hair, then finished the look with Sugar Spray for a beachy texture.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    People with fair to tan skin tones can pull this color off well. Thicker hair that is with or without natural texture can copy this style the easiest.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this look?

    I recommend touching up the base of the hair and the tone of the caramel every six weeks to keep the look fresh and poppin’!

  • Blonde Sombré

    Blonde sombre balayage hair color

    Lindsey Little / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Lindsey Little
    Hair Artist @Viselli Salon in Boston, MA


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this balayage as a blonde sombre’. My favorite thing about it is how effortless and natural it feels! The soft fade from a slightly warmer root to a bright blonde on the ends gives a summer vibe that’s suitable for all seasons.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    For this look I would recommend using a 1 to 1 1/2-inch wand to create a loose, beachy waves. I love to use Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray over dry hair to create that cool beachy texture after I’m done with the styling.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This look would work best for anyone who loves to be blonde, but wants a low maintenance color. The shadow root that I created let’s the new growth come in with no line. Any face shape and skin tone can pull this off, but it may be most flattering on those with lighter skin.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My best tip for someone who’s considering this look is to understand the styling time and tools that are needed to achieve it. Hair texture and density is also a factor. I always tell my guests that a picture is just a bas line or an idea, the end result will always vary depending on the person’s hair type and natural color.

  • Red, Balayage Ombre

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    Katie Formica / Instagram

    Q&A with style creator, Katie Formica
    Stylist @ Salon Blk. in Sewell, NJ


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is so simple, yet super chic! This is one of my absolute favorite color/style combos. Balayage ombres are so beautiful alone, but combining the touseled waves with the color brings the whole look together. 

    My favorite thing about this whole look is how easy and low maintenance it is! You can easily recreate this textured look at home just by using the right tools and products. The color needs to be done by a professional, but the minimal upkeep is one of the reasons this color is in such high demand.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    To recreate this look you will first need to curl hair using a large barrel curling iron wand. I would recommend using Matrix’s “Airy Builder” to add texture and body to your dry waves. Follow up by using Matrix’s “High Amplify” flexible hold hairspray. This will hold the style without leaving it stiff and crunchy. Finish off the style with Matrix’s Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Spray for a light, non-greasy shine.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    For this particular color/style combo, someone with a warmer skin tone and hair that already has a slight wave and texture to it can easily pull this entire look off. 

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Have fun! Use this color/style as inspiration and put your own spin on it. Don’t be afraid to change things up to accentuate you or your client’s facial features in regard to skin tone, face shape, etc.

  • Rooted Foliage

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    Sammie Rodriguez / Instagram

    Q&A with Style Creator Sammie Rodriguez

    Hair Artist @ Wander Salon Barnone in Arizona


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a lower maintenance version of highlights or balayage. It is a bright honey blonde with a deeper root for contrast. This look is amazing because it stays with the current trends for blondes while keeping the client happy their hair healthy. It looks good either straight or curled, so that’s a double bonus!

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?
    For styling, I used Matte Waves Texture Lotion and Gold Lust Oil by Oribe before blow drying. I then curled the hair in alternating directions (away from the face on both sides) and finished by spraying in a dry texture spray and using my fingers as a comb to separate out the curls.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This hair color works best for someone who doesn’t like to have the high maintenance of highlights, but wants to stay current on trends while having an easy growout along the way.

    The color in the picture works best for lighter skin tones, but the amazing thing is that you can simply tone this color more or less warm to fit any skin type!

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    The best tip that I can give someone thinking about going for this look is to do some research on the stylist you are going to see. Make sure they are current on trends and know how to do a shadow root so you end up getting what you want. Also remember that in regards to styling, messy and imperfect is better! The more texture you have, the better this style will look.

  • Hand Painted Pearl

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    Q&A with Style Creator Pamela Adam

    Hairstylist @ Bloom Hair Studio in Edmonton


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?
    This dimensional balayage is classic, yet modern. I love that you can easily dress it up or down! 
    Which products would you recommend for this look?
    Always use a heat protectant or oil to prep the hair for heat styling. I prefer Davines Oi Oil and 1 1/4-inch Hot Tools curling iron to create beachy waves. To recreate these waves, curl away from the face and begin the curl in the mid shaft for more volume. 

    Use a texturizing mist/hairspray to finish the style and give it an undone look. I LOVE Kevin Murphy Doo Over. It’s a hairspray, dry shampoo and powder puff all in one bottle. It gives a beautiful matte finish without any residue and will hold the style all day.
    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?
    This particular client has a very fair skin tone, but the cool tones work because her base color still contains warm tones to complement the skin. Her hair was maintained during the lightening process with a bond builder. I prefer Schwarzkopf FIBREPLEX for both me behind the chair, and for clients to use at home for maintaining the health of their hair.

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    Hair doesn’t work, unless you do. Invest in the proper products and in the health of your hair. This client has been lightening her hair over several sessions to ensure the integrity of her hair was never compromised. The beautiful thing about balayage is that you are able to go longer between appointments due to the natural grow out process. However, take the time to utilize heat protectants and at home treatments!

  • Darling Balayage

    long-bayalage-hair

    Pamela Adam / Instagram

    Q&A with Style Creator Pamela Adam

    Hairstylist @ Bloom Hair Studio in Edmonton


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a classic “bronde”. My favorite part of this look is the contrast of the warmth and beige tones and how they suit her skin tone perfectly.

    Which products would you recommend for this look?

    This particular client had a fairly strongly contrasted ombre beforehand, and we have gradually been taking her lighter throughout to break it up. Because of that, purple shampoo (I’m obsessed with Fanola No Yellow) is an absolute necessity for her home care routine. This just ensures her hair maintains a nice tone and doesn’t get brassy on her.

    Which skin tones and hair types can pull off this color/style combo best?

    This is an excellent approach for clients of all hair types and skin tones looking to brighten up or move away from a grown out ombre. Asking your stylist for a combination of babylights and balayage on any grown out ombre with a heavy demarcation line will yield beautiful results!

    What is your best tip in regards to recreating/maintaining this color/style?

    To maintain this color, it is integral to use the correct products and/or head to your stylist in between colors for a toning service if you’re not ready to commit to another lightening session. When going lighter, ensure you are taking care of the health of your hair by using a masque or moisturizing treatment. I love Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque. It is full of luxurious ingredients that make a difference after the first use!