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Is Balayage Difficult? 4 Ways to Make it Easier

Balayage tips and tricks
If you’re new to balayage you might find yourself thinking: Can it really be that hard? After all, at first glance balayage is a simple, hand-painted hair lightening technique. The fact of the matter is that there are so many things to consider when it comes to balayage, from placement to product consistency and so much more.

On the flip side, you might already be aware of all the elements that go into a balayage service. In that case, you might be thinking: How will I ever learn it all?
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No matter your current skill level when it comes to balayage, the good news is that there are several tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier to learn and perform. Here’s a closer look at what goes into a balayage service plus several ways to help you perfect your technique.

Is balayage hard?

If you’ve never done a balayage service before, the first thing you should know is that the technique involves hand painting lightener on the hair in order to create a natural looking, sun-kissed finish. This gentle approach to lightening lends itself to a seamless and gradient result that is highly customizable depending on placement, sectioning, and application technique.

Learn more: What is Balayage: A Complete Guide for Beginners

So, with this in mind, is balayage really that hard?

Unfortunately, “hard” is subjective. The truth is that balayage can get fairly technical, especially with it comes to placement and color formulation. However, if you’re open to trying new things and aren’t afraid to learn from your mistakes, you should be able to pick it up in no time.

Tips to Make Balayage Easier

1. Avoid common balayage mistakes.

One way to make balayage easier and less intimidating is to familiarize yourself with the common mistakes that stylists tend to make when getting started so that you can avoid the same pitfalls.

Some of the most common balayage mistakes include:

  • Not knowing the correct placement to use for the desired result
  • Not blending thoroughly
  • Using the wrong product consistency
  • Under-saturating the hair
  • Improper body position and painting motion

Learning how these mistakes impact your final outcome will help you better understand the proper technique and avoid unnecessary stress.

2. Learn from a balayage expert.

Mentorship is one of the best ways to learn a new skill. If you have the opportunity, don’t be afraid to ask a trusted stylist in your salon or network for tips and advice. If you don’t know who to look to, you can also join a community of like-minded individuals where you can ask questions and share your experiences. For example, the community you become a part of when you join SALT Society’s membership program is a welcoming

Another option is to learn directly from the experts by enrolling in a hands-on balayage class. If you’re not able to attend a class in person, there are also countless options for online courses and tutorials.

3. Practice and be open to making mistakes.

As always, practice will be an important part of developing your skills when it comes to balayage. But, being open to making mistakes along the way will take some of the pressure off yourself and make the process much easier and more manageable.

Not only should you be okay with making mistakes, but most importantly, you should want to learn from those mistakes! Use your practice opportunities to experiment and see first hand what works and what doesn’t. This sort of hands-on learning will stick with you as you develop your skills.

4. Try new tools and techniques.

Finally, part of the beauty of balayage is that it’s highly customizable. For this reason, you shouldn’t be afraid to try new tools and techniques.

By experimenting with different tools, products, placement, and application techniques, you’ll get a better feel for what works for you. In fact, you might even discover your own personal style!

Taking the Intimidation Out of Balayage

Learning any new skill can be intimidating, especially when it feels like there’s pressure from your clients or the industry as a whole to have a certain technique in your wheelhouse. Luckily, balayage is a highly customizable technique, and with the right education and practice, you’ll find what works best for you.

Although there are a lot of factors that go into perfecting your approach to balayage services (like placement, product consistency, color theory, and much more) there are simple steps you can take to make the process easier for yourself. Using the tips above, you can release some of the intimidation you might feel towards balayage so you can focus on perfecting your skills.

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