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Last updated: November 25, 2020

Balayage Tips To Help You Paint Like a Pro

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Balayage Tips To Help You Paint Like a Pro

What would help you achieve better balayage results? We have a few ideas—like learning the single-point application technique, how to pre-section to save time and how to paint cowlicks properly—and we’re breaking it all down below thanks to L’Oréal Professionnel National Artist Sebastian Langman-Kirtley (@sebastiancolorist). Keep scrolling for the deets!


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Pre-Section To Save Time

  • If you are new to balayage, the application can be a messy process. Stay clean with your technique by pre-sectioning the hair—it creates a road map for you to follow, allows for more accurate placement and saves times in the end.
  • It takes Sebastian about 5 minutes to clip everything away when pre-sectioning.
  • Watch this quickie Insta video showing his pre-sectioning technique.



Single-Point Balayage: Create Highly-Effective Color Quickly

  • If your client likes that highlight/lowlight look, use a single-point balayage application to achieve tonal variety quickly.
  • This technique is great for adding pops of lightened strands without over-lightening the ends.
  • See photo below!
  • Read more about the balayage point application here!



Take Cowlicks Into Account

  • When dealing with a strong cowlick, elevate to 45 degrees and balayage in the direction of the growth pattern.
  • Forcing the hair against its natural direction can cause buckling in the color and unwanted marbleizing.
  • See photo below!



@sebastiancolorist’s Go-Tos:

  • Lightener: L’Oréal Professionnel Multi-Techniques Powder mixed 1:2 with L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond Step 1
  • Incubation technique: Plastic wrap
  • Sectioning method: Wherever the sun would naturally lighten the hair—surface layers, hairline and part line


Another quick tip? Paint the hair in zigzag sections for a soft diffused outcome, and to save time, try painting two plains of the head at once.



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