1. Consider the Base
Caramel balayage is at its best on a light brown or dark brunette canvas. The freehand high-lights should then be two to three shades brighter, so they glimmer and glow through the darker mid-lengths. Assess your client’s base to see if they’re happy with their color or want to switch it up. If they’re going for an all-new hue, carry out the color process first. Then, rinse and use INVIGO Color Service Post Hair Color Treatment for the perfect canvas, before rough-drying locks.
If it’s root coverage your client wants, you can apply this in tandem with the balayage. Per-manent Koleston Perfect is your go-to for camouflaging grays, while Color Touch is the dream for a soft, demi-permanent tint. Just make sure that, when you’re working with root color and hair lightener, the two formulas never touch. You can backcomb just below the root touch-up to create a ‘barrier’ between your blends.
2. Apply the Balayage
In French, balayage means ‘to sweep’ and that’s exactly what you need to do. For this tech-nique, you’re gliding and stroking hair lightener through the mid-lengths and ends to add a candlelit glow. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular; not only is this grown-out look ultra low-maintenance, but it’s also entirely bespoke. No two balayage techniques will ever be the same.
For easy, breezy balayage, try applying Blondor Freelights, which is uniquely designed to help freehand highlights stay exactly where you sweep them on. For a foilyage – meaning a balayage in foils – you could also try BlondorPlex, which is infused with the hair-strengthening WellaPlex No1 Bond Maker.
3. Create the Caramel
Finally, tone your client’s hair a velvety caramel shade. Some of our favorite caramels in-clude Illumina Color 8/37, Koleston Perfect 8/03 and Color Touch 8/73. You can also create their goal shade with a shine-boosting Pure Glossing Service with Koleston Perfect. Simply combine the desired hue with Welloxon Perfect 1.9% and INVIGO Color Service Post Hair Color Treatment in a 1:1:1 ratio.