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Last updated: January 18, 2019

Trouble With Silver Balayage? These 4 Tips Will Help!

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  • Formula A (new growth):

    Matrix Light Master + 40-volume developer

  • Formula B (mids/ends):

    Light Master + 20-volume developer

  • Formula C (base): 

    Matrix Color Sync 4A + 10-volume developer

  • Formula D (mids): 

    6A + 8P + Blue Concentrate + 10-volume developer

  • Formula E (ends): 

    Mixed Metals Gray + 10P + 10-volume developer

4 Tips To Help You Master Silver Balayage

Perfecting gray and silver balayage is a challenge—these tones require a light, ashy end result, and balayage is a technique that inherently produces warm tones. Starting with a dark base or attempting to achieve the look in one process both add to the challenge. Thankfully, Matrix artist Constance Robbins (@constancerobbins) spilled four tips for mastering metallic balayage to help her followers understand the tricks for getting it right. Check ‘em out!


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Use A Foilayage Technique

  • A silver end result requires prelightened hair to be the same shade as the inside of a banana peel.
  • Achieving that prelightened level on darker bases means plastic, meche or open-air balayage won’t work—these techniques are appropriate for lighter clients, but will not provide enough lifting power on dark hair.
  • Instead, use a foilayage technique to ensure strong head conduction and to lift the hair quickly. 


Bump Up The Developer

  • “Don’t be afraid to go high with your volume,” says Constance.
  • In the photo above, she uses 40-volume on the new growth and 20-volume on the client’s previously-lightened ends.
  • Don’t forget to use a bonder to help protect the hair—Constance prefers to use Matrix Bond Ultim8.


Pre-Tone The Hair

  • Pre-toning the hair offers more control when finalizing the color.
  • Constance uses the Matrix Brass Off Mask to pre-tone when creating a silver balayage because it’s stronger than a purple shampoo.


Use More Than One Toning Formula

  • If prelightened hair isn’t one solid canvas, then use more than one toning formula to address different sections. Using just one formula could create a brassy new growth and overly-tone the ends.

  • For this look, Constance toned with three formulas:

    • Formula A (base): 4A + 10-volume developer

    • Formula B (mids): 6A + 8P + Blue Concentrate + 10-volume developer

    • Formula C (ends): Mixed Metals Gray + 10P + 10-volume developer



Want more tips like this? Check out Constance’s secrets for mastering ashy blondes!

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