Maintaining A Balayage
Balayage, the artfully hand-painted highlighting technique that promises a naturally sun-kissed look, has been a top trend in the beauty world for years. This French-born hair technique is adored for its seamless blend, personalised approach, and low-maintenance reputation. But while balayage might be less demanding than some hair colours, it still requires some upkeep to keep it looking salon-fresh. Here are our top tips for maintaining your balayage.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
First things first, hydration is key. Balayage involves lightening sections of your hair, a process that can leave it feeling dry and looking dull if not properly cared for. To maintain your balayage, invest in a high-quality, moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Products with natural oils, like argan or coconut, can help keep your hair smooth and soft.
2. Turn Down the Heat
High temperatures can be damaging to all hair types, but they can be especially harsh on colour-treated hair. When styling your balayage, turn down the heat on your styling tools to prevent damage and colour fade. Heat protection sprays are also a must-have in your styling routine. They add an extra layer of defence against heat and help keep your colour vibrant.
3. Say Yes to Deep Conditioning
To maintain the health and shine of your balayage, incorporate a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask, like the FUL Intense Moisture Hair Mask, into your hair care routine. These treatments can help repair any damage caused by the colouring process and leave your hair looking and feeling healthier. Aim for a deep conditioning treatment once a week for best results.
4. Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Just as UV rays can damage your skin, they can also affect your hair and your balayage. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to colour fade and make your hair feel dry. Use hair products with UV filters, like UV protection sprays or leave-in conditioners, to protect your hair when you're out and about.
5. Embrace Purple Products
Balayage can sometimes turn brassy over time, especially for blondes. Purple shampoos, conditioners or hair masks, like FUL's Purple Intense Moisture Hair Mask, are a great way to counteract these warm tones and keep your balayage looking fresh. The purple pigment in these products neutralise yellow and orange tones, keeping your balayage cool and vibrant. Just remember to use it sparingly – once a week should be enough.
6. Regular Trims are Your Friend
To keep your hair looking its best, schedule regular trims. This will keep split ends at bay and maintain the overall health of your hair. Plus, it gives your stylist a chance to refresh your balayage, ensuring your hair always looks its best.
7. Schedule a Glossing Appointment
In between your balayage touch-ups, consider scheduling a glossing appointment. A hair gloss treatment can help revitalise your colour, boost shine, and fight any brassiness. It’s a great way to refresh your balayage without undergoing the full process again.
Balayage is a stunning, personalised way to lighten your hair that's easier to maintain than traditional highlights. However, it does require some TLC to keep it looking fresh and vibrant. With the right products, including FUL's Purple Intense Moisture Hair Mask, and a little attention, you can keep your balayage looking as stunning as the day you walked out of the salon. Go ahead, and let your balayage shine!