Frequently Asked Questions About Balayage: Answering the Top Hair Coloring Queries

November 15, 2023

Balayage is one of the top trending techniques in every salon and we don’t see this changing anytime soon! If you haven’t already, it’s time to get comfortable with this much loved technique and get creative in your salon! We’ve asked our hair pros to answer some frequently asked questions about Balayage so that you can get all the information you need.


Q: What are the latest Balayage trends and popular color placements?

A: As hair trends are constantly evolving, staying updated on the latest Balayage trends is essential. Some popular trends include “root smudging” for seamless color transitions, “money piece” highlights that contour and frame the face, and “dimensional Balayage” to add depth and movement to the mids and ends of the hair. 

Q: Is Balayage suitable for all hair types and colors?

A: Yes, Balayage is incredibly versatile and can be tailored to suit various hair types and colors. It works exceptionally well on straight, wavy, and textured hair. The Balayage application technique can be adjusted to accommodate different hair lengths, types, and densities and adapted for both natural and previously colored hair. However, for very dark hair that’s been colored you may need to adjust your technique slightly by utilizing foilayage .


Q: How long does Balayage last and how often should it be retouched?

A: The longevity of Balayage largely depends on your client’s hair type, maintenance routine, and desired color intensity. On average, Balayage can last anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. Since Balayage creates a soft and gradual regrowth, clients can enjoy a more low-maintenance look as it grows out. The frequency of retouches can be tailored to the client’s preferences, with some opting for touch-ups every 8 weeks, while others may go up to 12 weeks. This technique can ensure clients come back to the salon regularly but also maintain a look that they love without obvious regrowth.

Balayage Tips and Tricks for Achieving Beautiful Results

  • Sectioning Matters: Proper sectioning is essential for precise and seamless Balayage results. Divide the hair into smaller sections for more controlled color application and start at the darkest area first.
  • Application: Typically starting your Balayage at the back will ensure a consistent result as the nape and crown areas tend to be darker and the hair around the parting and hairline is finer and lighter.
  • Consistency: Maintain a consistent viscosity of the lightener or color product used for Balayage to achieve uniform results throughout the hair. We recommend Magnet™ as your end-to-end 360° solution for chemically treated hair. 
  • Product Placement: Strategically place the color to mimic natural sun-kissed highlights, focusing on areas where the sun would naturally lighten the hair. The final result depends on the client’s desired look so ensure you check out their inspo pics before you start coloring!
  • Variation in Painting Technique: Incorporate various painting techniques like feathering, sweeping, and tear dropping to add dimension and depth to the color.
  • Avoid Overlapping: Be cautious not to overlap previously lightened sections during retouches to prevent damage and maintain hair health.
  • Toning Is Key: Utilize toners to achieve your client’s desired end result. They neutralize unwanted undertones and enhance the overall effect.
  • Education and Practice: Continuous education and practice are essential to mastering the art of Balayage. Attend workshops and seminars, and engage in hands-on learning to hone your skills. Also, don’t forget to visit our 24/7 AlwaysOn platform for inspiration! 
  • Consultation and Communication: Conduct thorough consultations with clients to understand their expectations, hair history, and desired outcome. Effective communication ensures a satisfying end result.

Q: Can Balayage be achieved with all hair colors, including dark hair?

A: Yes, Balayage can be done on all hair colors, including dark hair. The technique is versatile and can be adapted to create subtle highlights on dark hair (have you seen the Violet Brunette Balayage trend?) or more dramatic effects using fashion colors. Balayage allows for a seamless blend of different shades, making it a suitable option for a wide range of hair colors, so get creative!

Q: What are the best lighteners and developers for Balayage?

A: For Balayage, clay or flexible mixing ratio lighteners are preferred as they can offer a thicker consistency, making it easier to control the application. Low-volume developers, such as 10, 20, or even 30 volume, are commonly used to minimize damage and achieve a gradual lift. 

It’s essential to choose high-quality products to ensure consistent and beautiful results, which is why we recommend the Magnet™ range by Revlon Professional. It has a built in BondIN SYSTEM™ that protects the hair’s internal bonds while offering a 360º protective shield against external aggressors. The product choice will depend on the starting base and desired results. The flawless creamy texture of Magnet™ Blondes Ultimate Powder 7. Ammonia-free* is perfect for lighter bases and Magnet™ Blondes Ultimate Powder 9 is ideal for darker bases. It offers up to 9 levels of maximum neutralization, improved aesthetics, and a clean lift.


Q: How can I prevent bleeding or overlapping of colors during the Balayage process?

A: To prevent bleeding or overlapping of colors, it’s crucial to section the hair properly and to use clean, precise brush strokes during application. Avoid saturating the sections excessively and work with small, manageable sections to maintain control over the placement. Utilizing foils, meche strips, or cotton wool underneath the sections can also help isolate sections and prevent color from bleeding.

Q: What is the difference between Balayage and ombre?

A: The main difference between Balayage and ombre lies in the application and color placement. Balayage involves hand-painting color onto the hair in a freehand manner, creating soft and natural-looking highlights. On the other hand, ombre features a more distinct color transition from dark to light, typically achieved through a horizontal application, where the color change is more noticeable.

Q: How can I correct and fix a Balayage gone wrong?

A: Correcting a Balayage that hasn’t turned out as expected will require different approaches based on the specific issue. Balayage corrections can involve color toning to neutralize unwanted hues, adding more lightness to achieve the desired level of brightness, or even adding a darker tone in between to encourage dimension and contrast. For complex corrections, it’s best to have a thorough consultation with your client to check the hair integrity and ensure that the desired result can be achieved. It could take more than one session, so make sure you and your client are prepared.

Q:  Are there any hair types or conditions that may not be suitable for Balayage? 

A: Balayage can generally be adapted to suit all hair types and conditions. However, extremely damaged or compromised hair may not be suitable for intense color processing. In such cases, a thorough hair analysis and consultation with the client are essential to determine the best course of action.

Don’t forget that Balayage doesn’t always have to mean using pre-lightener. You can also use color to create dimension and elevate your client’s hair with our Revlonissimo Color Sublime™ Inspired by sunset hues.

Q: Can Balayage be combined with other coloring techniques?

A: Yes, Balayage can be combined with other coloring techniques to create customized and unique looks. It can be integrated with traditional foil highlights, hair painting, or even used in conjunction with ombre or sombre techniques to achieve multidimensional results.



Q: How can I maintain the health and integrity of the hair after Balayage?

A: Post-Balayage care is crucial to maintaining hair health. Recommend care and styling products that are ideally sulfate-free and color safe such as the RE/START™ Color Protective Micellar Shampoo. This product has been formulated with KERABIOTIC OXI GUARD™ technology to gently clean and prevent fading for vibrant color. Advise clients to use leave-in treatments, hair masks, and heat protectants regularly to nourish and protect the hair at home.

Q: What aftercare and home maintenance advice should I provide to clients with Balayage?

A: Aftercare advice for clients with Balayage should include using color-safe products, avoiding excessive heat styling, and reducing exposure to sun, chlorine, and other external aggressors. Recommend regular salon visits for touch-ups and using different tones such as this beautiful soft BRONZITE shade in .342 by Color Excel Gloss. You can  also offer home care such as Nutri Color™ Filters Toning Filters to maintain the vibrancy of the color between appointments. Encourage clients to follow a consistent hair care routine and provide personalized advice based on their hair type and lifestyle.


For more pro tips and color ideas, head to Revlon Pro Always On (available for clients only, so click the link to become one). You can also visit our Revlon Pro Shop to order directly and stock up on the products that will help you achieve the perfect Balayage.

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