Balayage and the importance of negative space

The problem with balayage is that can all get too much. I’ll bet you never thought you’d hear me say that!

I’m serious though. There is a real problem with people putting too many balayage pieces in. Colourists are overlapping their hand-painted highlights and it’s not a good look.

When you have too many pieces of balayage it starts to become an ombre and I am SO over that! It’s blocky and solid and it looks heavy and very obviously coloured.

Balayage is all about contrasts and the key to a beautiful balayage is to have plenty of negative space (the background colour or the natural colour) between the pieces.

So, the next time you pick up your tint brush to paint highlight after highlight stop to think about the look you are trying to achieve.

If the client wants a soft, natural-looking balayage then don’t forget the ultimate words of wisdom: LESS IS MORE!

How is your balayage technique? If you’re still not comfortable with hair painting or if you feel like you could do with brushing up on your technique (pardon the pun!), I’ve teach the perfect balayage training course to bring out the best in your skills.

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