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February 13, 2017

Color Melting, Balayage and Braiding


If you’re keeping up with trends, you know color melts, balayage and braids are more in than ever before, and that they are also becoming increasingly requested at the salon. Here are three quick how-tos and tips for perfecting each of these on-trend styles.


Color Melting Tips
Matrix Artistic Director Danielle Keasling
is always creating amazing colors, so when we asked her to show us her technique for creating a color melt, she was more than happy to share her ways. Here are two things Danielle says are super important when melting color:

1. When you start the application of a new shade, start just below where the previous section stopped. Then go back in and side brush the color together to start your blending.

2. After you’ve applied every color, go back in with a clean, dry brush and blend each section together for a seamless outcome.


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The final look.


Balayage Applications
It can be overwhelming for any stylist first starting to learn the art of balayage, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, the Matrix team breaks down a single, double and triple balayage application. Check out a few tips and a video how-to!


1. There are three key methods of balayage application: the single, the double and the triple.

2. The single application process works well when applied around the face. It can create that “money piece” your clients are after and can give the face more dimension.

3. Always make sure there is product on your paddle. You need to be working the product into both sides of the hair and if you paddle doesn’t have lightener on it, you can’t do that.

Here is a close-up look of the double balayage application process.

Braiding How-To
If you’re a beginner when it comes to braiding, don’t let that deter you from starting. This soft, lived-in braid from Matrix Artistic Director Dan Csicsai is a cool way to create a lived-in, low-maintenance look using a standard technique. Here are two things to remember when braiding:


1. Your hand elevation is key. Wherever you’re holding the hair, is where the hair is going to fall. Always keep this in mind to avoid unwanted buckles in the hair.

Body positioning matters, too. Much like elevation, your braid goes where your body is. For this look, you start in the back and then make a very dramatic move to the front. This will ensure the braid moves the correct way.

Here’s a finished shot and close-up look at how Dan Csicsai created this lived-in braid.