How to DIY Balayage at Home

There’s a new hairstyle that’s showing up everywhere though to call it new isn’t correct. Balayage has been around since the 1980’s. it’s a French word that means ‘to paint’ or ‘to sweep’ and it’s becoming popular with men as well. This is thanks largely to its appearance on many A-list Hollywood stars. If you’re thinking of getting some highlights then this is a great choice. It’s quite easy to do at home and looks awesome when pulled off right. While the DIY result is pretty easy to do and is what I’m going to show you here – for best results see a hair salon which will guarantee best results.  For a balayage in Vancouver, you can find some great salons which will get you a great look.

Balayage – What is it?

To first start off let’s get a better understanding of what balayage exactly is. Unlike regular highlights which are saturated all the way through to the tips, balayage is only lightly applied to the top layer, hence the name for ‘to paint’. Since it’s only lightly applied the effect is very subtle and blends in with the rest of your hair. With balayage you won’t get the stark contrast you get with normal highlights, instead, you’ll get a sort of sunburned look as though you’ve been in the tropics for the summer.

Another great thing about it is its very low maintenance. So long as you use a color protecting shampoo and touch it every few weeks it will keep its effect for months without having to do a full restyle.

How to do it yourself.

If you feel confident enough to do it yourself then follow these steps.

You will need the following materials before starting:

  • Either a paddle hairbrush or a comb (depends on whether your hair is long or short)
  • An Ombre or Balayage kit
  • A deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
  • Heat protective spray
  • A hairdryer

Step 1.

Open the balayage kit and begin mixing the bleach. Make sure to use gloves when mixing. If you have shoulder length hair it’s also a good idea to cover your shoulders so as not to get any bleach on them.

Step 2.

Take your hairbrush or comb and apply the bleach to the bristles. When using a comb apply the bleach evenly on both side at one end of it. Then begin to lightly and gently brush through your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. Depending on how heavy you want the dye to be you can go a little harder in other parts like the front. Just try not to saturate it too much. Be a little creative and add it wherever you want lighter areas.

Depending on the dye your using give it about 30min to set. The longer you leave it in the more it will brighten so make sure to carefully read the instructions on the kit you bought.

Step 3.

Rinse, dry and repeat as needed.  Apply the heat protective spray before you blow-dry each time. Once you’re happy with it go out and enjoy your new look. Check out this great video to see how it’s done