Balayage hair is still very much in trend at the moment, with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lily Aldridge and many more adapting this look to their own locks. If you’ve been living under a rock, balayage is a gradual colour transition from darker to lighter hair at the ends. Perfect if you want a low maintenance colour, which doesn’t involve regular trips to the hairdresser for root touch-ups.
This look is super-easy to achieve at home – all you need is some inspiration, hair colour (we suggest the L’Oreal Wild Ombré Kit) and a few spare hours!
- Start off by using dry, unwashed hair which is free from any styling products. This is the best since the dye will cling to oiler roots better.
- This kit does not come with a colour mixing bowl, so feel free to purchase one or use a small container to apply the mixture with ease. A highlighting brush is also a great idea if you want to colour small strands of your hair.
- If this is the first time you’re using this particular product, it is a good idea to do a strand test the night before. Pick an inconspicuous part of your hair (often behind the ear) and let the colour develop. This will be a good indicator of how the colour will end up on the rest of your hair.
- Pour the lightening kit into the mixing bowl with the plastic brush provided. Make sure the mixture has thoroughly combined before applying it onto your hair. Use a small brush (or the ombré brush provided) to achieve natural highlights. Work your way from the ends up to your chin – or the area you want the highlight to begin. Then turn the brush on it’s side to achieve a gradual colour.
- Cover the bottom of the strands thoroughly to achieve a sun-kissed colour at the ends.
- Pin up your hair and don’t leave it past the recommended time. If you want to speed up this process, wrap aluminium foil around your strands.
- Wash off and condition your ends well. Since bleaching can damage hair, it is important to keep it hydrated and moisturised. Follow up with a serum on your ends.
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