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The Wet Balayage Technique Will Boost and Brighten Dull Ends

by Alison Alhamed | March 7, 2019
“Wet Balayage is a perfect in-between for clients who typically get a full or partial blonding session,” says Vanderwouden, who is based out of Murrieta, California, and regularly educates on lightening services like foilyage and balayage. “Your ideal canvas is someone who is already previously lightened on their ends or a client you have just done a lightening service on, prior to toning or glazing the ends.”
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“Wet Balayage is a perfect in-between for clients who typically get a full or partial blonding session,” says Vanderwouden, who is based out of Murrieta, California, and regularly educates on lightening services like foilyage and balayage. “Your ideal canvas is someone who is already previously lightened on their ends or a client you have just done a lightening service on, prior to toning or glazing the ends.”
She uses Alfaparf lightener, B3 bonder and Redken for a root smudge.
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She uses Alfaparf lightener, B3 bonder and Redken for a root smudge.
“When I use this as an after-lightening service for that extra boost, I process the hair for 15 minutes maximum to provide my client with seamless transitioned ends,” she says. “This gentle approach will be all they need for a little extra bump.”
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“When I use this as an after-lightening service for that extra boost, I process the hair for 15 minutes maximum to provide my client with seamless transitioned ends,” she says. “This gentle approach will be all they need for a little extra bump.”
<p>Vanderwouden says she typically uses 30-volume developer—knowing the strength is diluted since the hair is wet at application. “Never think this service will give you an extreme amount of lift because you will be disappointed,” she says.</p>
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Vanderwouden says she typically uses 30-volume developer—knowing the strength is diluted since the hair is wet at application. “Never think this service will give you an extreme amount of lift because you will be disappointed,” she says.

 

“Wet Balayage is a perfect in-between for clients who typically get a full or partial blonding session,” says Vanderwouden, who is based out of Murrieta, California, and regularly educates on lightening services like foilyage and balayage. “Your ideal canvas is someone who is already previously lightened on their ends or a client you have just done a lightening service on, prior to toning or glazing the ends.”
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“Wet Balayage is a perfect in-between for clients who typically get a full or partial blonding session,” says Vanderwouden, who is based out of Murrieta, California, and regularly educates on lightening services like foilyage and balayage. “Your ideal canvas is someone who is already previously lightened on their ends or a client you have just done a lightening service on, prior to toning or glazing the ends.”
She uses Alfaparf lightener, B3 bonder and Redken for a root smudge.
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She uses Alfaparf lightener, B3 bonder and Redken for a root smudge.
“When I use this as an after-lightening service for that extra boost, I process the hair for 15 minutes maximum to provide my client with seamless transitioned ends,” she says. “This gentle approach will be all they need for a little extra bump.”
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“When I use this as an after-lightening service for that extra boost, I process the hair for 15 minutes maximum to provide my client with seamless transitioned ends,” she says. “This gentle approach will be all they need for a little extra bump.”
<p>Vanderwouden says she typically uses 30-volume developer—knowing the strength is diluted since the hair is wet at application. “Never think this service will give you an extreme amount of lift because you will be disappointed,” she says.</p>
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Vanderwouden says she typically uses 30-volume developer—knowing the strength is diluted since the hair is wet at application. “Never think this service will give you an extreme amount of lift because you will be disappointed,” she says.

 

Colorist Jessica Vanderwouden recently used her Instagram platform @jleighwebdoeshair to share her love for wet balayage, a service designed to boost everyday color services with minimal time investment, but major impact.

She looks to balayaging her clients’ hair while wet when the client wants to be slightly brightened, but needs a gentle approach. The service is ideal for the client whose ends are dull, or washed out, and need to be lifted one-to-two levels.

“Wet Balayage is a perfect in-between for clients who typically get a full or partial blonding session,” says Vanderwouden, who is based out of Murrieta, California, and regularly educates on lightening services like foilyage and balayage. “Your ideal canvas is someone who is already previously lightened on their ends or a client you have just done a lightening service on, prior to toning or glazing the ends.”

Vanderwouden pairs her technique simultaneously with a shadow or dropped root. “You can create a beautiful melt or completely separate the two and just bump those ends,” she says. 

“When I use this as an after-lightening service for that extra boost, I process the hair for 15 minutes maximum to provide my client with seamless transitioned ends,” she says. “This gentle approach will be all they need for a little extra bump.”

Vanderwouden says she typically uses 30-volume developer—knowing the strength is diluted since the hair is wet at application. “Never think this service will give you an extreme amount of lift because you will be disappointed,” she says.

She uses Alfaparf lightener, B3 bonder and Redken for a root smudge.

VIDEO: In this video below, she shows her signature Wet Balayage technique.
Step 1: Wash hair and towel dry
Step 2: Apply root smudge
Step 3: Brush root smudge
Step 4: Apply lightener to ends, blending it on the entire hair shaft
Step 5: Process 15-20 minutes
Step 6: Rinse and wash hair
Step 7: Apply toner to ends. 

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