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Last updated: July 26, 2018

Balayage Tip: Replacing Clear Color with Conditioner

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Balayage Tip: Replacing Clear Color with Conditioner

As a salon owner and colorist, BTC Member Maria Polanco of Nolan Vincent Salon & Spa in Southwest Ranches, FL is always looking for ways to improve methods while saving on inventory expenses. In an attempt to lower the cost of Balayage, Ombré and Sombré services, she decided to replace clear color with conditioner. FYI—Most stylists use clear color during Balayage application to make the transition between the natural haircolor and the Balayage appear smoother. “To my delight, it was perfect and cost effective,” says Maria. Check out her formulas and step-by-steps!

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    Formula A (Balayage): 1 scoop Sunlights Balayage Lightener + 2.6 oz. 40-volume peroxide

    Formula B (Toner): 1 tube L’Oréal Richesse 9.01 + 2.6 oz. 9-volume developer

    Formula C (Glaze): ½ tube L’Oréal DIA Light 9.03 + ½ tube L’Oréal DIA Light Clear + 9-volume developer

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    Apply conditioner of choice in the same manner you would Balayage. This means using gentle strokes with a soft brush held at an angle to create a smooth transition in the hair.

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    Apply Formula A following the pattern of the conditioner. This step is crucial to create a smooth transition and diffusion between tones.

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    Using strips of cotton or plastic wrap to protect your work, process Balayage for up to 50 minutes or until desired tone has been achieved. Rinse well, shampoo and towel-dry hair.

    Apply Formula B and process for 5 to 20 minutes. Rinse and towel dry hair.

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    Apply Formula C and process for 10 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and condition hair.

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    Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind:
    Do not cut the hair before Balayage. This keeps it more natural-looking.

    Choose the right peroxide to avoid too much warmth.

    When performing Balayage or highlights, always work with the client’s part (side, center, off-center) to ensure seamless, harmonious color. 

    Treat and highlight the hair simultaneously. Apply your lightener at regrowth, and treat the ends or mid-lengths with your favorite hair mask.

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