It is that time of year again, I wanted to add some golden hues to my hair as we enter Spring and as usual I am saving myself an expensive trip to the salon and applying my colour at home.
As the title hints this is my fourth time sharing my Balayage technique, however I have been doing it for about 5 years and have lost count how many times I have carried out this technique at home. To see my other posts, using different products and colours, click here.
Let’s start off with a before. I recently had my haircut so any sort of highlights I had from the last time were all chopped off. This is my natural hair colour and although I do really like it, I like to bring a little lighter colour to my face and the ends for a sun-kissed look.
What you will need: I had 2 clips for sectioning but if you have a lot of hair you will need more. A comb for back-combing.
This time I went for the L’Oreal I am Bronde Preference in colour 4. The last time I coloured my hair I used the shade 5 which is not as light. This time I wanted to go a little lighter, but still keeping it subtle and sun-kissed.
This is what is in the kit. I don’t use the brush as I use my own technique to apply the colour. Make sure you read the instructions carefully before you start.
The start of the technique, I have the bottom third of my hair down and I section it into smaller pieces and back comb. It looks a little crazy, but the idea is that the back combed strands of hair will not get lightened. Once the entire process is over you will brush out the back combing and the untouched hair will blend in with the new lightened hair, for a more natural look.
Continue this process all over the hair, it will start to look really crazy, but it just means it will look more natural at the end.
I personally like to lighten all of the hair around my face, I find it more flattering. I leave this step until last so that this colour has less time to develop and again gives a subtle sun-kissed look.
Leave in for the instructed time and wash out. One of the hardest parts of this process is brushing out the back combing. You can really damage your hair if you go in too heavy-handed, so take your time and gently brush the back combing out.
The final look. I am super happy with my results, the colour is exactly what I wanted to achieve. The ends a lighter than the roots, but in a subtle way. The colours blended really well and in my opinion look quite natural and sun-kissed.
Are you brave enough to try this out at home? If you do please let me know in the comments below.
My previous DIY Balayage posts can be seen here