Every now and then, a hair colouring technique becomes popular, and balayage is one method that took over the beauty industry by storm a while back. In fact, in French, the term balayage means ‘to sweep’ and that is exactly what this hair dye method refers to. This freehand highlighting technique continues to be a major hair trend up till now. Balayage gives a natural yet multi-dimensional finish to hair, finishing off with a look that that suits almost everyone. Wondering how balayage is different from traditional highlighting? Let’s delve deeper and see what this technique is all about.
Understanding the balayage method
The traditional highlighting technique involves colouring small sections of your before covering them in foil. However, balayage is exactly like painting on a canvas. The technique is all about applying hair dye onto different sections of the hair using a freehand method that gives a gradual, subtle highlight and adds dimension to your hair.
Steps to achieve balayage at home
Dyeing your hair is risky business, it’s recommended to get it done professionally. After all, your hair is your crowning glory and you don’t want to mess with it. However, those who have become proficient in colouring their hair at home can follow these steps and ensure flawless balayage results. Here are the steps
1. A patch test is important
First thing’s first. Before you begin dyeing your hair, it is necessary to do a patch test or an allergy test. It doesn’t matter if you regulary dye your hair, carry out the patch test at least 48 prior to hair colouring.
2. Prep up for colouring
You might already know this but make sure you apply moisturizer around your hairline to avoid staining your skin. Place a towel over your shoulders and then brush your hair so that it is tangle-free. Put on your gloves, mix the colour well and start the hair dyeing technique.
3. Use the ‘hot cross bun’ method
Start by sectioning your hair using the ‘hot cross bun’ method. You need to divide your hair into four equal sections. Begin from the centre of your head by running down the comb. Then part your hair from ear to ear. Once you have all four sections separated, you can dye one section easily.
4. How to apply the dye
For the balayage effect, apply the colour mix with the help of a brush from mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. Make sure you avoid the roots. Moreover, you will dye those sections that you want to lighten. It is essential to work with smaller hair partings. Using hair grips can help secure your hair while you’re using the freehand technique. You can even use your fingertips for application; it gives a more natural and blending effect. Then apply the colour throughout the lengths of your hair in uneven sections.
5. Rinse away
After you have applied the hair dye, wait for 30 minutes or leave the colour on as instructed by the brand you’ve selected. Some colours may take a little longer. Now rinse well and apply the hair colour conditioner. Let it stay for a few minutes and rinse again. You are all set to style your hair the way you like.
Following these steps can ensure a gorgeous result. However, if you are scared to try this at home, leave it to a hair expert. They are skilled at their work and will make sure your hair is well taken care of.