Sal Marchese of Salon Marsal ( shares his tips and techniques for baliage, a technique where a colorist uses a brush to paint a thick mixture of lightener onto a section of hair in one of three paint designs.  These designs—singles, slants, V and W use a “sweeping” motion to apply lightener from thin at roots to thicker towards the end.

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Finished Looks.

Baliage: Not Just for Blondes!

Baliage: Not Just for Blondes!
Step 1: “First, I section the head into four sections,” says Marchese. “Then I
begin at the bottom of the back hairline for row one, painting singles,
ensuring that I work from ear to ear.”

Baliage: Not Just for Blondes!
“For rows two and three I paint slants.  Following into the crown,
when painting rows four, five, and six, I paint Vs and Ws.”

Baliage: Not Just for Blondes!
Step 3: “Moving to the sides of the heads, for rows one and two I paint slants and Vs and Ws on row three.”

Baliage: Not Just for Blondes!
“When painting around the front hairline, I will paint singles or
doubles depending on the look the guest is trying to achieve.”

My recommendations for the tools I use are: mixing bowl, paddle, color
brush, talc powder, clips and Eugene Perma Compacte Bleach, which can
only be purchased through TruBeauty Concept out of

Sal Marchese travels throughout the United States teaching the baliage technique. To inquire about these classes, visit the or via e-mail at [email protected].