Getting a balayage is one thing but keeping it fresh and maintained is a whole different story. Just like with any hair color, it might change its shade over time if you don’t take good care of it. In this post I will show you how I manage to keep my balayage nice and tidy at home!
Wash with Care
Bleached hair is the most vulnerable when it is wet, so the washing part has to be done with great care. I use sulfate- and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner now as part of my hair routine, as this helps to maintain healthy hair for a long time. Your hair might feel a little less smooth in the shower but it does not feel as heavy and full of chemicals afterwards.
- I use alverde shampoo and conditioner from my local drugstore dm, but I also like the inecto products.
- Another professional salon series I can recommend is the Schwarzkopf Bonacure range. their shampoo is relatively cheap for supreme salon quality and sometimes the whole range is on sale on Amazon.
For a deep conditioning treatment in the shower I like to use the Swiss-o-Par Arganoil Masque, which is insanely cheap and so effective.
- For an intense treatment I like to use Olaplex No. 3. I wrote a long blog post about how I use it and what the benefits are, so go check that out here!
- In case your hair is extremely damaged and dry I recommend using the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner as well. I also wrote an elaborate post about these products and you can find it here!
Color Fresh Up
This is the most crucial step in making your balayage look fresh and well-maintained. The key step in the process of doing a foilage, balayage or just general bleaching is the toning. Toner eliminates the unwanted yellow and orange hues from the freshly bleached hair, which makes it look more natural.
Sadly, toners fade after a while as they are mostly just semi-permanent dyes. So if you want your balayage to look fresh without having to go to the salon every month you should learn how to use toners at home.
I wrote a long blogpost about how I use toners at home and you can find it here.
- Schwarzkopf Blond Me Toner in Sand is my favorite toner to use at home.
- I mix it in a 1:1 ratio Schwarzkopf Blond Me Developer 2% and also add some of the Olaplex No. 3.
- I apply it starting from the ends and working my way towards the lengths. I don’t touch the roots as my hair is not bleached and I don’t have to correct any color up there.
- Leave it in for about 30-45 minutes.
- Then rinse out carefully using cold water only.
So that is basically all the stuff I do to keep my hair maintained at home! It looks like a lot and honestly it really is, but no one ever said that having blonde hair is easy. Have fun trying everything out!