Pro Tips Beautiful Baliage By Victoria Wurdinger July 11, 2011 | 3:17 am EDT UpvoteClick if you like this articleOne upvote per user Print AfterBefore At the Sahag Workshop in New York City, color director Doug Macintosh uses baliage to add brightness and dimension to deep shades. He prefers LâOrÃ©al Professionnelâs Platinium with 20-volume developer because âit stays wet like a paste and doesnât dry out.â His tips for the best baliage: â¢ To leave darkness at the base, create a V-shape with the âlegsâ at the root area. â¢ Space highlights about a Â½-inch apart for a brightening effect. â¢ Wipe off excess lightener with your fingers to ensure no bleed marks. â¢ Lay strands on cotton and cover with cellophane, so you can see when you reach the desired amount of lift. â¢ To remove the cotton, apply conditioner and rinse; itâll slip right out.