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6 Tips for Better, Brighter Balayage

Every Mane Addict knows there’s nothing like a good balayage. Easy to maintain and effortlessly chic, these free-hand highlights can take your hair from blah to bombshell without the hassle of more traditional lightening techniques. But getting the perfect color combo isn’t always a simple task. Enter celebrity colorist and Redken Ambassador Cassondra Kaeding. With A-list clients like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Munn, this superstar knows a thing or two about killer color. Check out her six tips for a better, brighter balayage.

Tips to Achieve a Better Balayage

1. Find out the hair history.

“When I am working with clients I like to know their hair history. Do they have any chemical treatments for example perms, keratins, or any sort of chemical processes,” Kaeding shares. Balayage, though less damaging than traditional highlights, can still harm your hair. Especially if your tresses aren’t in tip-top shape. “If their hair is already over-processed I like to get clients to do a few treatments to get the health of the hair back,” she adds.

2. Masks are a must.

Before your balayage appointment, prep your strands with some mega moisture. “I recommend doing a hydrating masque once a week two weeks prior to your color appointment,“ Kaeding says. This will strengthen the hair and minimize damage for a better coloring experience.

3. Color placement is super important.

“Placement, in my opinion, is very important,” says Kaeding. “If someone wants low-maintenance color my application will be more dimension and soft. If a client wants to go bold and bright then I add a significant amount of balayage highlights.” Considering a client’s styling preferences (how they part their hair, whether or not they wear it up frequently) can also help guide color placement and ensure a uniquely tailored balayage. “A lot of clients like lighter pieces around their face frame,” Kaeding adds, allowing for a subtle but bright look.

4. Focus on the application.

How color is applied is just as important as where it goes. According to Kaeding, the application is the key to a seamless blend of color from the roots to the ends. “I like to feather my strokes very soft at the root from thin to thicker towards the ends,” she shares. “It’s important that you have even saturation from root to ends so you don’t have any spotting or bleed marks.”

5. Low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance.

Balayage is often heralded as the low-maintenance girl’s way to lighter, brighter hair. But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Even balayage needs a little pick me up every once in a while. “Usually I have my clients come it about a month to a month and a half after their appointment for a color gloss and shine for a little refresh,” Kaeding shares.

6. Invest in the right products.

At-home care can make a world of difference for your new golden locks as well. Kaeding recommends talking to your colorist about shampoo and conditioner products best suited for your hair color and texture. Her personal favorite? “I love Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner. Color extend is sulfate-free, contains amino-ions to help seal in color, and strengthens the hair fiber from root to tip keeping your color looking refreshed.”

While we’re sharing balayage tips, HERE are four common balayage mistakes and how to fix them!

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