After the success of balayage, another technique arrives that can give hair with a “sun-kissed” effect. We are talking about the french balayage, the new way to have natural and shiny reflections as if we had spent whole days on the beach.
In addition, the French balayage is able to enhance the features of the face, placing the lightening in strategic points in the hair. With which cuts is it good? Virtually everyone: long, medium and super short, with bangs or with a side tuft.
Let’s find out what French balayage is and how to make it at home, inspired by some hairlook ideas.
What is French balayage?
French balayage is a coloring technique that allows you to create a personalized look for each hair. It can be made on any type of hair: from fine and straight hair to curly, from dark to lighter ones.
What makes French balayage so special is the natural and never excessive effect that differentiates it from the classics highlights on the map. The latter, in fact, can create the unwanted striped effect, especially at the base of the head.
The key element of this particular evolution of the classic balayage is the subtle way in which the locks are divided. The result? A homogeneous colored effect without sharp color differences.
How French balayage is done
The “French” technique of classic balayage involves thetwo-point color application which take the shape of a V. This allows you to create a play of light and shadow on the roots and to render the invisible regrowth.
How to recognize a perfect French balayage? There should be no sharp color contrasts between hair strands but shades of shades. The lightening of the hair strands is done freehand and involves a subsequent coloring to neutralize and illuminate the hair.
This professional technique is the result of a mix of several techniques in order to obtain a neutralized result and a natural and super bright hair. Here is the procedure summarized in a few steps:
- Lighten your hair with a bleaching product.
- Perform a neutralization by using a toning that balances the hair color and suitable for all bases.
- Choose from 7 different shades to enhance each base, from light blondes to browns, from black hair to dark brown ones.
3 tips for a DIY French balayage
Although consulting an experienced professional is always the best choice, it is possible to make a DIY French balayage comfortably at home thanks to the use of some coloring products specially designed for home made.
It must also be taken into account that it is a bleaching technique potentially capable of irremediably burning the hair, therefore it is necessary to use any bleaching product sparingly. Let’s see some tips.
1. Respect the deadlines
If you want to make a DIY French balayage, you will have to respect the deadlines. Indeed, it is not possible to do this technique too often on the hair like a normal hair dye, as it risks ruining the hair.
2. Use a brush
To carry out the coloring technique in question comfortably at home, one Brush with multi-teeth it can be a valuable aid to make a series of fine micro strips in the hair. It will be enough to pass the brush several times between the strands as if we were brushing the hair.
3. Buy post treatment products
After making the bleaching and obtaining the French balayage you like best, it is advisable to keep your hair healthy and strong, which (as with any dyeing and bleaching treatment) can appear dull and dry. For this reason, the advice is to buy nourishing products that can keep the hair hydrated and keep the color longer.