5 Things You Should Know About Balayage

Written by Chandni GhoshSep 20, 2018
It’s been a while since balayage became popular and it still remains a rage amongst women who’re looking for a subtle makeover using hair colour. These highlights are a tad different from regular highlights and have gained immense momentum, thanks to the many celebrities and beauty moghuls popularising them on Instagram or red carpet events. Exactly why we thought of giving you a complete low-down on this hair colour technique with the help of TIGI Educator, Audrey D’Souza who gave us a 101 guide to balayage. Read on to find out all about it...

What is it?

Balayage VS highlights

1. Untangling angle  

To get the balayage at home right and to avoid any colour splodges that can create an uneven balayage, remove your knots and comb your hair out!  

2. Partition and pin your strands  

Divide your hair into four sections! We don’t expect you to get it all equal - after all, we’re no professionals... however, try to make it neat! Once done, with your first claw clip (yes, the one Bella Hadid wears) combine the back two sections into one big section. Leave the back alone, as it will look like an intentional ombré. Well, that’s a baby step to acing the balayage at home. Now you should have the front left and right sections clipped and separated from each other. And that’s your base before you begin to get all fancy with the hues.  

3. Get mixing girl  

Throw in some clay lightener into your mixing bowl. To get the measurements right, use a food scale to precisely measure your lightener then add the cream lightener of choice. (Follow the company’s measuring ratios.) Once done, mix these two magical ingredients together with your painting brush until you get a good consistency.  

4. Put on gloves  

You need to be sure that your hands are protected from the lightener. 

5. Section your hair 

With your sectioning comb, make a diagonal slice just above your ear - this is an integral step of getting your balayage hair at home right. This slice should look like a backward slash ‘\’ on your keyboard. And within that section, make a ‘U’ shape. Tightly coiled hair will need to be pulled taught in order to ensure an even coating of the clay lightener. Due to the curl pattern, a smaller “U” section will be necessary. Regardless, this will be the carved out section you actually balayage. (Be sure to always include your hairline in this U section so that you benefit from face-framing brightness.)  

6. Get applying 

Take your painting bleach and painting brush and apply a small amount to the section of your hair in your hand, starting further down the hair shaft. Make sure to not get the painting bleach on your teased section or on your roots. 

7. Blend the lightener by hand 

Get your middle and index fingers blend the line of contact where the painting bleach first touches your hair strands. And with your painting brush, coat the rest of the section in your other hand all the way down to the ends. Using your hands, will give the colour that natural look and not create symmetrical chunks! Repeat this application process until you get to the top of your hair where your hair is parted and then set a timer for 20-30 minutes. And once done, mirror the other side. 

8. Rinse out the lightener 

Rinse out the first section when hair is ready but wait to shampoo your entire head until the other section’s timer has gone off. 

9. Washing 

When your mane has absorbed all those hues, it’s time to get the product off! Hop in the shower and wash everything out. Using a nourishing shampoo and conditioner will help cancel out any unwanted warmth. And there you go – professional balayage at home in a few easy steps! 

Colour palettes  


Colour palettes

Balayage VS highlights

Confused about what colours to choose when getting balayage? Well, there are two colours involved — the roots are darker while the mid-lengths are lighter. You need to ensure that you don’t go too drastic. You need to ensure that the hues you pick are closer to each other all through the hair. So if you’re going for light brown on the roots, ideally, you should be going for dark blonde on the mid-lengths.  

How to care for it 


How to care for it

Balayage VS highlights

Sure, balayage might be low-maintenance compared to other kinds of hair colouring techniques, but this hardly means your hair doesn’t need special attention when treated with balayage. If you have very dark roots and your mid lengths are red or any other bright shade, you should go for a shampoo and conditioner that’s meant for darker toned hair to ensure that the balayage stays in place. But while you wash your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner, it is just as necessary to use a leave-in conditioner every time you wash your hair as this will help protect it from environmental aggressors and leave it feeling soft and smooth. 

Balayage vs highlights 


The balayage process

Balayage VS highlights

Yes, we’ve all been there, confused and contemplating between the two. So to set things straight, here’s the difference. With regular highlights, there is a chance that the colour ends up looking flat, whereas with balayage, you can hope to achieve a subtle sun-kissed look. One of the best things about getting a balayage is that this hair colouring technique doesn’t require touch-ups as often as highlights do. 

So now you have all the know-how – why not get your bayalage on and try this look for yourself? 


Balayage VS highlights

Balayage VS highlights

Chandni Ghosh

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I have this superpower of buying everything and anything related to cats because I strongly believe that cats are greater than human beings. Amidst all of these thoughts, I take time out to write about food, fitness and beauty - something that makes my job so much fun!

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