I’ve had loads of requests for advice on how I balayage, So I have put together my teaching top ten tips! The next few blog post are going to be all about Balayage . This week I give you my top tips for that perfect sunkissed look

1-Placement is always dictated by the cut, so have a clear plan of how the finished cut will look. Often Balayage can look unbalanced if the style of the cut is changed at the last minute

2-The right brush can make or

break you, I have my favourites that I wont allow anyone to borrow, it’s like a hairdressers scissors. I prefer a small brush about 1 ½ inches wide with soft bristles that can easily sweep across the hair, but that is about preference, some people like wider brushes, whatever your choice make sure that they have a smooth surface.

3- I need a lightener to have the consistency or texture that is easy to apply in a sweeping motion, neither too thick ( it makes it difficult to spread ) or to thin ( the colour drips through the section ), I always like my product to be like a cream cheese /yoghurt mixture, no lumps of unevenly mixed product .

4- Look at the hair as you work, taking in to account the natural movement and variance in natural colour of your clients hair. The placement

and observations will make your Balayage application stand out in a sea of perfectly placed foils.

5-Separate your Balayage sections with cling film (plastic wrap) this allows you to observe your placement and gain an overall picture of the final look (what i like to call the story) it also allows you to observe the development of the colour.

6-Remember that the hairline and part areas are so important, as most ladies like to be brighter around the face and through their parting, this is where women want to see light, but be careful if you put too many in you will loose the effect, remember less is more. The final result is about the clients hair looking as if she has been on the Italian coast for a few weeks.

7- Balayage is a highlighting technique that can be used on any base colour, its not just for blondes , you can lowlight or highlight with this technique, but to begin with your skill sets aren’t going to be so strong and might make you feel uncomfortable. Practice Practice Practice! and you will soon be as comfortable as you are with foil.

8- Keep your tension tight on the section your are about to Balayage and work slowly, first apply the product to the mid lengths of the section, then in a sweeping movement feather the product up to to the root area always ensure an even and consistent application of product, only on the surface of the section! do not saturate (think about icing a wedding cake, we don’t want to see any of the cake through the icing) then move down along the entire strand just saturating the very last inch.

9-The most common mistake when people first start training is placing too much product at the root and not having a consistent application, this can cause mottling and a more chunky effect. Again Practice Practice Practice.

10-Have fun, ease yourself into using the technique in your busy day, don’t whatever you do try to convert a heavy foil until you feel really confident. Start by introducing a few bits to clients and build your confidence.

Jack’s tip – put down the foil

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