Balayage Highlights At Home

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This is Part 2 of my hair transformation. 
In my previous post, I dyed only the top portion of my hair, focusing the dye near the roots on the light bleached blonde pieces, stopping about mid shaft. So I was left with freshly dyed light brown hair near the roots, dark to medium blonde pieces at mid shaft and dark brown virgin hair at the ends. Since the goal is a subtle ombre effect, the next step is to lighten up the ends, they need to be the lightest part of this equation. Let's get started!

Products I used and why...

 Mixing Bowl, Tinting Brush, Hair Clips, Rat Tail Comb.
*Measuring/mixing, application & sectioning hair.

Chemical Cape & Gloves
*Protect clothes/body & hands from chemicals.

 L'Oreal Quick Blue Powder Lightener
*High lift, lightens dark hair fast, blue tint helps reduce brassy tones. 

 Clairol Volume 30 Creme Developer
*Creamy non-drip formula, extra lift (this is as high as I go, I never use 40, too damaging).

Plastic Wrap
*Doesn't conduct heat, gentle coloring effects & easy to monitor the lightening.

Step-by-step video of how I did Balayage Highlights at home.

After processing for 30 minutes, I rinsed and moved on to the final step, toning. (We'll talk all about toners in the next post).

 The Results

My hair mission this year is to let my roots grow out and since it's a long journey to virgin hair I'll be enjoying the ombre effect and beachy balayage highlights in the meantime.

Are you on a hair mission this year? Changing your color? Lowlights? Highlights? Are you a DIY kind of girl or salon girl? Share in the comments!

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  1. I thought you did an amazing job! I'd never attempt this at home myself :-P


  2. Also stop doing highligts, now im completely brunette , as my natural color but one tone lighter ...i would love stop dying it, But have so many greys!! Will give a try to Brown tone shampoo, did you ever try them ? My issue are the greys...
    Love you a you tube follower

  3. You did a great job!! It looks awesome.. xo

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  4. I always love to see balayage finished with loose curls or a beachy, tousled look where you can see the colour variations ribbon through the hair. Sharp, strong haircuts like a bob require a stronger colour or a block colour to show off the cut. Balayage is best left to more flowing hairstyles.

  5. i really enjoyed watching your videos ... i think i'd be too scared to try to do this myself, but if i ever do i'll probably refer back to ur videos, thanks!

  6. Thank you so much for posting this and for the videos, I just did my friend's hair today following some of your methods and it turned out great! The photos are on my blog at:
    Thanks again!