Tom Teaches How to Make Beautiful Balayage at OPEN

Achieving natural-looking hair colour with balayage is a frequent request from OPEN clients. Our staff will always take the time to discuss which shades and products will help to accentuate your features.

But what even is balayage? Well, balayage is a highlighting technique. It involves creating a gentle gradation of lighter shades towards the end of the hair. It comes from the French term balayer, meaning ‘to sweep’. As a result, it often gives an impression of sun-kissed hair. It should show no obvious indications of hair being dyed or bleached.

Colourist and Stylist Tom Ford at OPEN Hairdressing Berkhamsted truly has an expert eye for colour. Therefore, Tom is going to outline how he transformed one client’s hair with a balayage technique; using expertly-crafted products from Bumble and bumble. Just another great reason to visit our Berkhamsted salon!

In addition, there’s still time to book a free consultation or appointment with Tom. You can email the salon directly or simply give the salon a call on 01442 862227. If you decide to book with Tom, you will need to carry out a patch test beforehand.

Tom’s finished look

Bumble and bumble Products used:

Bumble and bumble Tonic Primer

Bumble and bumble Save the Day Daytime Protective Repair Fluid

Tom says:

The hair was completely natural. Above all, the look we were going for was a lighter appearance with a soft balayage effect. I didn’t have to worry about lifting the hair it as we weren’t aiming to go super blonde!

Moreover, we discussed tones of blondes, but caramel shades worked perfectly, so no bleach was needed.

First of all, I applied the colour as you would with a classic full head of highlights. I worked with a double herringbone sectioning pattern and sectioning foils close together near the front of the head. Likewise, I tend to keep the balayage foils close together with balayage. It simply makes the hair appear lighter. Plus, I like to show my clients that they’re not just getting a classic highlighting treatment.

I went through every other foil in the top. I backcombed the hair that was left out to balayage at the ends. The colour was processed for 30 minutes under heat. Lastly, I checked the hair was the correct shade before washing off.

I finished off the look with a blunt one length cut with the Tonic Primer on hand. After drying, I applied some Save the Day Repair Fluid. Finally, I styled the hair loosely using a ghd wand.

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