How Do You Apply Partial Balayage?
Follow this step-by-step to master your partial balayage technique…
1. Check the roots
First, check if your client wants any root shading. Usually, this can be done at the same time as balayage, but if they ask for complete gray root coverage, you might want to do a double process. This means you would apply and rinse the root smudge first, then rough dry locks and begin sweeping on their partial balayage.
2. Blend the formula
If you’re applying partial balayage on dark hair or creating shimmery blonde highlights, your client’s locks will need some level of pre-lightening. Try Blondor Freelights for easy-to-apply balayage; the adhesive mass ensures it stays exactly where you apply it, and the creamy consistency allows for effortless blending. The other great thing about Freelights Developer is that you can also mix it with Magma by Blondor, for freehand lift and tone in one step.
3. Use a higher volume developer
When you’re applying balayage without foils but you still want the brightness of foilyage, try increasing the volume of the developer to get a little more lift from open-air lightening.
4. Plan out the placement
Talk to your client about the kind of effect they want from partial balayage. Are they craving depth and dimension? Is their focus on brightening the face-framing layers? Find out and plan your placement accordingly. Then, when you start applying, begin with the section where you’re aiming for the highest lift, as the pre-lightener will end up staying on these strands for the longest.
5. Keep sweeping lightener on
Continue stroking highlights through the chosen area of hair, sectioning pieces off as you go. Here’s where your creativity really shines through; it’s your chance to play with dimension and personalize your client’s color.
6. Tweak with toner
When you’ve reached the desired underlying pigment, your client’s balayage might be ready to glow. However, sometimes a toner is needed (after washing out lightener) to tweak their ‘lights further. For the lightener and toner to work in tandem, they should be on the same level. So, for example, if you’ve lightened to the underlying pigment of a level 8, you should use toners that also begin with 8/.
7. Wash and go
You’ve made it. You’ve given your client a partial balayage to be proud of, and now it’s time to wash out the product so their hair is ready to blowdry and style. Use ColorMotion+ Color Protection Shampoo, followed by Blondor Seal + Care, which neutralizes the pH level of just-colored locks.