If you have a balayage or you’ve been thinking about getting one, then you’ll want to keep reading. A balayage technique is suppose to be low-maintenance. But did you know that it really depends on how you take care of it at home? I’m going to share with you four easy steps, on how you can maintain your balayage and get the most out of it!
#1 Wash Your Hair Less
I know what you might be thinking, “Eww”. But did you know that washing your hair every day isn’t good for you? Why? Well, your hair produces natural oils that can be very beneficial for you. It can add shine and even strengthen your hair, but if you wash your hair every day, you’re really not giving it a chance to do anything.
You should at least wait 2-3 days (or more if you can) before you wash your hair. If your hair gets oily quickly, I suggest that you invest in a good dry shampoo to help with those greasy hair days.
Another main reason to wash your hair less is so that your color can last longer. The more you wash, the more your color will fade. Especially if you like hot showers. If you want to avoid your color from fading so fast, try washing your hair with cold water.
Keep this in mind: hot water will open your hair cuticle and cold water will close it.
So if you want that color to last, stick to cold water. Otherwise, those brassy colors you tend to hate so much, will appear way faster than you were expecting.
#2 Choose the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Trust me this not the part where you pick just any shampoo or conditioner.
I know what you’re thinking, “well I just spent all this money on my balayage and now I have to spend more?” Sorry to say it, but yes. If you just use any shampoo and conditioner, you run the risk of drying out your hair or fading your color.
When picking a shampoo or conditioner you should make sure it’s sulfate free and color safe to avoid it from stripping/fading your hair color. If your hair is dry or damaged, you’ll want to pick one that will help repair, strengthen, and hydrate your hair.
There’s also shampoos and conditioners that have toning agents in them to help refresh your color or cancel out any unwanted brassy tones. Which will result in less salon visits.
So yea, you might have to spend a bit more, but in the long run you’ll save more money, and your hair will thank you for it.
Everyone’s hair is different, so make sure to check with your hair stylist first and ask for their recommendations. Oh and don’t forget to read the reviews!
#3 Apply Treatments
Whether you do this at home or you go to the salon to get a treatment, it’s very important that you add this to your list. Think about it, you just did a balayage that probably required a few bowls of bleach. At a salon, we could add things to the bleach or your color to help avoid any damage and even repair your hair, but that shouldn’t stop at the salon.
If you want your hair to continue to feel soft and healthy, you need to start doing some treatments at home or schedule an appointment for a treatment at the salon.
Treatments help add shine, hydrate, strengthen and even repair damaged hair.
#4 Tone Your Hair
Did you know that toners normally only last between 4 to 6 weeks? But if you’ve been following steps 1-3 of this post, then you might be able to get a few extra weeks out of it.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had clients thinking that they need to redo a full balayage, but in reality all they needed was just a toner. When you notice that your balayage looks brassy (yellow or orange), then its time to schedule a hair appointment. Toners enhance or neutralize any unwanted tones in your hair, leaving your balayage looking freshly done.
So, there you have it – my four steps to helping you maintain your Balayage. Hope this was helpful and feel free to share!