3rd Apr 2024

No Bleach Balayage

No Bleach Balayage

The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and Summer is officially on the horizon. We all know that the return of the warmer seasons means only one thing: it’s time for lighter hair!

Increased exposure to sunlight means the pigment in the hair is naturally bleached. This process is something we recreate with chemicals in order to exaggerate.

Balayage is a hair colouring technique that intends to mimic naturally sun kissed locks. Taking the beauty industry by storm, balayage refers to the art of hand painting highlights to graduate from darker roots to lighter ends. Unlike traditional foils which can give the hear a harsh contrast appearance, balayage offers a softer, more bespoke finish. Balayage is well-loved for its versatility and low-maintenance, appropriate for all hair colours and textures. It is highly flattering and doesn’t require frequent top up trips to the salon.

To keep your balayage looking vibrant and healthy, it's essential to adopt a gentle hair care routine. Opt for specially formulated products that cleanse away dirt and oil without stripping away colour and shine. Incorporate hydrating masks and nourishing treatments to protect your locks from damage. Regular trims are always recommended to reduce split ends and keep your hair looking thick and full.

From the subtle blending of honey hues into brunette bases, to bolder shade graduations, balayage offers endless possibilities depending on your desired outcome. Whether you’re seeking a subtle enhancement or a bold transformation, there is something to suit all styles and tastes. Consult with a professional colourist to explore available options.

But what about those of us who don’t want to permanently alter their hair colour with bleach or lightener? This is where Foxy Locks Remy clip in extensions come in! Extensions can offer the same effects as balayage, without the commitment of colouring your natural locks. Remy human hair extensions can be styled, washed, and treated the same as your natural hair, which makes for a seamless blend. Here’s how to create the balayage effect with extensions:

Selecting the right shade for the balayage look can be a tricky task. You want to avoid the appearance of ‘accidentally ordered the wrong colour’, therefore we specifically recommend using our highlighted range. As the extensions are already coloured for you, you can avoid the risk of messing up the colouring technique or damaging your locks. The highlights provide multi-dimensional tones for a better blend and minimized contrast. Use the colour of the ends of your natural hair, matching to the root of your extensions as a guide.

Placement is crucial to creating the natural balayage effect. Play around with the position of the extensions so that the lightest hues in the extensions are hidden underneath your natural locks and only show in the ends. You could also mix two shades of extensions, one being a solid colour and one being highlighted, so that you disperse the lightness even further.

Styling is another key element to ensuring a seamless balayage appearance. Waves and curls are particularly effective in blending the extensions with your natural hair, especially when alternating the direction of the tong as you work around your head. Style your hair and extensions as one (after application) to ensure curls or waves are uniform. If the extensions are significantly longer than your natural hair, consider trimming them down for a more cohesive look. Hair that is layered rather than blunt cut also blends best with extensions.

Benefits of using clip in hair extensions for balayage are that it’s completely reversible whilst providing an instant result. It’s also damage-free, unlike bleach and chemical dye processes! Whether you’re wanting to trial the technique before attempting anything more permanent, or just wanting to experiment with your creativity, extensions are the perfect solution!