Balayage and curly hair

One of the most asked questions i get when teaching my Balayage classes is “what about curly hair?” well as I’ve said before balayage is a highlighting technique and in its purest form its from root to tip. With curly hair its brilliant because you are working with the natural curl and so placement is visually easier i tend to pull the hair out a little with my fingers and a hairdryer just to soften out the curl before i start, That got me to thinking that i hadn’t really talked about afro hair and balayage i’d just taken it for granted that we all saw hair as hair. With afro hair its exactly the same rules you always take into account
if there has been another chemical service done
if the hair is thick or fine

for over a year now I’ve been looking after Aluna Francis from the band AlunaGeorge who are an English electronic music duo from London, consisting of Aluna Francis and George Reid, Initially when we first met Aluna was wearing her hair longer and blown out smooth so we used balayage to give her that typical fresh sun kissed look but recently she has embraced her fantastic texture and gone shorter which i really love so she just wanted some colour to give some definition to her hair, as you can see from the images its quite a different look i’m really loving that natural curl vibe and balayage works so well with it, Because her hair is very fine a little balayage goes a long way, and as they where going off on a world tour it needed to be easy to manage. Working with balayage on fine hair either afro or caucasian is the hardest thing to do because a little goes a long way and it lifts quickly so you really want to go easy on the application remembering the cardinal rule that this is a surface technique do not saturate the hair with pre lightner or it will be one hot mess we only saturate the last inch or so.


Curly/afro hair and balayage has its rewards its really effective and because you are literally just picking curls out its creative and fun and for the ladies who are embracing their texture it works well, for my clients with Afro hair who like that smooth finish actually for any of my clients who like to wear their hair straighter balayage when done well will still looks seamless.

Its easier to hide a not so well done application behind a curl so i love it when people ask for a smoother look and the colour still looks effortless. Many people who I teach always say I make it look easy but thats years of practice and thats one if the key learning points in my balayage education classes. Do you remember your first set of foils, pincurls, round brush blow dry or even a simple haircut, we become accomplished by practicing or craft and honing our skills and this takes time. The #Balayagerevolution is far from over, the number one search for many beauty websites is “what is Balayage” i’m told. Next year I will be offering more dates for balayage education in salon, on the road and a few things i cant tell you about yet

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