Exploring Balayage Fashion Colors: Creative Ideas for a Bold Look

October 31, 2023

Are you ready to make a bold statement with your client’s hair? Combining traditional Balayage with Balayage fashion colors opens up a world of possibilities that allows you to showcase your creativity and lets your client’s unique style and personality shine through. If you are looking for inspiration then read on!

The Art of Balayage: Painting Techniques and Versatility

One of the standout features of Balayage is its versatility. It’s not limited to a single color or pattern. In fact, the possibilities are endless. With Balayage, you can achieve a range of effects, from subtle and understated to bold and vibrant. When paired with fashion colors, Balayage is taken to a whole new level. The hand painted technique ensures that the colors blend beautifully, avoiding any harsh lines and creating a stunning, flowing effect. Furthermore, Balayage’s adaptability extends to maintenance. The color is applied so that it grows out in a soft and seamless manner. This way, clients will enjoy a lower maintenance look and have stunning hair that can last up to 3 months before needing root touch-ups. This low maintenance quality makes Balayage an ideal choice for those seeking a bold look without frequent visits to the salon.


Incorporating fashion colors into Balayage takes this art form to the next level. Whether your clients opt for vibrant neon hues, pretty pastels, or a fusion of rich jewel tones, Balayage provides the perfect foundation for these daring shades. These looks can be topped up between salon visits resulting in a Balayage fashion look that is unique to your client and fun to maintain!


Fashion Colors: Embracing Vibrancy and Individuality

Whether your clients are drawn to vibrant and daring hues or subtler yet striking combinations, there’s a myriad of ways to create a bold look that turns heads. Revlon professional® offers more than 300 shades to empower you to respond to any color trend in your salon. Here are some creative ideas to spark your inspiration.

  • Pastel Paradise: Create soft pastel shades by using Nutri Color™ Filters  then by adding CLEAR to make trending pastel tones. For a dreamy combination that adds a touch of fun but is still soft enough to wear to the office, try tones such as lavender 020, Turquoise 097, Pink 050 + CLEAR, Blush and Coral 054.


  • Rainbow Radiance: Embrace the full spectrum of bold and bright colors by incorporating a fun rainbow effect into your client’s hair. The Balayage fashion color technique allows you to seamlessly weave multiple colors together for a vibrant and playful look. Add pops of pink, green, or blue that can be strategically placed with Balayage. Create a captivating contrast especially when worn against a cool natural color such as our Pearly Ash Brown 512 in the Nutri Color™ Filters for Brunettes portfolio.


  • Fiery Contrasts: Create a fiery effect by pairing warm colors like vibrant red, orange, and golden yellow. The result is a dynamic look that exudes confidence. The timesaving part of this transformation is that this look could be achieved using colors rather than pre-lightener. Use these shades from Color Sublime™ to mimic the vibrancy of the sunset. These brand new shades contain the C5 molecule that brings brightness and vibrancy to ensure intensity and fade resistance and can be used as a standalone or intermixed with the other shades from the  Revlonissimo Color Sublime™ range.



  • Subtle Pops: If your clients are new to fashion colors or prefer a more subtle approach, consider adding small pops of fashion colors to specific sections of your client’s hair using Balayage. These delicate touches provide a hint of vibrancy without overpowering your client’s overall look.


Balayage and Fashion Colors: The Perfect Marriage

Balayage, with its fluid and hand painted technique, serves as the ideal canvas for introducing fashion colors. The natural transition and subtle blending inherent in Balayage make it a great way to seamlessly incorporate daring and vibrant shades  This combination brings together the timeless beauty of Balayage with the vibrant allure of fashion shades, resulting in a perfect marriage of creativity and individuality.

Balayage and Fashion Color Techniques: Step-by-Step Guide


Begin with a thorough consultation to make sure you understand your client’s preferences and style goals. Always look through some inspiration pictures and find out their previous color and hair history to avoid unwanted surprises when you apply the pre-lightener.

Base Balayage

Once you’ve assessed the required levels of lift needed and chosen your perfect ammonia-free* color like Magnet™ Blondes Ultimate Powder, it’s time to apply your Balayage. You can use a freehand painting technique or add a few foils to create additional lift with the Foilyage technique. Choose strategic sections for a sun-kissed effect, keeping in mind the underlying color, and then process the hair until the right undertone is achieved. 

For the perfect pastel, you may need to apply a neutralizing toner first to create the ideal canvas. We recommend Color Excel Gloss™  and choose a shade to neutralize such as .01, which is perfect before applying pastel pink and will help you to avoid a warmer hue.

Seamless Blending

The Balayage has been processed and the pre-lightener has been washed out! Now it’s the time to apply the fashion colors. How you apply these will depend on your client’s desired look. Don’t forget to use gloves!

Fashion Color Placement

Choose fashion colors that complement the client’s desired hues. Apply these colors to strategic sections and enhance dimension by layering lighter and darker fashion colors. This adds depth and richness to the overall look. This all comes down to your creative eye so don’t be afraid and have fun! Once the color is completed, recommend care and styling products such as the RE/START™ Color Protective Micellar Shampoo to prevent fading.

Gloss and Finish

Fashion tones tend to give a beautiful glossy finish but for added shine and to keep that color locked in between visits, we recommend sending your clients home with a color top up! Nutri Color™ Filters offer a versatile and exciting fashion palette and are an excellent way to intensify shades or add bright, semi-permanent color in the salon or at home. Simply apply the treatment directly or add intermixable colors for additional luminous shine. In as little as 3 to 15 minutes, you’ll open a world of multi-chromatic bold color possibilities. Remember to finish by styling your client’s hair to showcase the interplay of Balayage and fashion colors. Also, take some pictures for the gram (with your client’s consent of course)!

To keep up with all the latest color trends, you can access our educational platform, #AlwaysOn (for clients only). You can sign up by leaving us your contact details. You can also shop online for all your favorite products at our Revlon Proshop.


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