How To Balayombre: Balayage Meets Ombre Color

By Alison Alhamed | 09/30/2013 10:14:00 AM


Remember when "ombre" was just a word used in salons among professionals? It quickly became a word that was picked up by magazines and trend-setting celebrities, and then it transitioned into a household word to describe the dark-to-light or light-to-dark color trend seen in both fashion and hair (and nails and accessories!).

Soon, many top colorists predict, the same will happen with "balayage." Though the hair-painting technique certainly isn't new, the ombre color trend put a close eye on lighteners, showing clients they can add lightness without the maintenance traditional foiling requires.

MODERN Facebook fan David Allen, of David Allen Salon in Oakdale, California, calls this color melting technique "balayombre" because he combines balayage with ombre.

This client is a natural Level 4 and he used Pravana 6N and 7G mixture for her base color. On the scalp, he used 10-volume developer, and on the mid shafts to about 4 inches down he used 30-volume developer.


"Starting at the nape I painted on ISO Lightener using a weave technique, balayaging the lighter," he says. "Then, using V-sectioning with lightener, I painted on 'peaks and valleys' to create a seamless finish." (LEARN MORE ABOUT THE V-SECTIONING HERE!) Repeat all the way up the head!


"I processed for about 20-25 minutes keeping an eye on her ends and base color making sure here was no breakage or hot roots," he says.

"I used a 2" barrel marcel and wrapped her hair around the barrel using one-inch sections," he says. To get the fringe flip, just wrap the curl away from the face.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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