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Last updated: June 15, 2018

3 Color Secrets to High-Contrast Balayage

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Heavy, high-contrast looks are hotter than ever right now, so we rounded up some balayage education from a few of our favorite painters. Here are three useful tips from @paintedhair, @lizhaven and @jayrua_glam.



@paintedhair’s Tip to Avoid Muddiness 
When adding a lowlight to blonde hair, avoid going more than one shade darker than the natural base. “You need to have a neutral shade with a pinch of gold to fill the hair and keep it from looking muddy or gray,” she says. Watch her lowlight technique.  



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@lizhaven’s Hot Towel Tip
When #ONESHOT Hair Paint nominee Liz Haven O’Neill (@lizhaven) balayages, she doesn’t add heat. “I do, however, place painted sections in foil to incubate and prevent the lightener from drying. And if I need a little bit of heat, I’ll place a hot towel over the foils for about 8 to 10 minutes, which usually does the trick.” 


@jayrua_glam’s (Not So) Secret Tool
When #ONESHOT winner Jay Rua (@jayrua_glam) wants maximum lift for his high-contrast balayage, he uses the Balayroo to help fully saturate his sections. Watch how he does it.  



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