reverse-balayage-hair-colorReverse balayage hair color is a service that many of my clients want, but they don’t know how to ask for it. Not only that, but they don’t know they want or need it.

That’s why it’s so important to choose your haircolorist wisely and selectively. After all, you’re putting the fate of your hair in a strangers hands…she/he should be experienced at the least!

I call this hair color technique reverse balayage because my client came in with heavily highlighted hair that hadn’t been retouched in about 3 months.

Her blonde was a golden level 9 and there were some low-lights that varied in tone and level, but were about a level 7.5-8 golden copper. Some of her ends had moderate damage because her hair was fine and most likely not well-protected from heat. That wasn’t a big deal though because she was okay with cutting off 2 inches.

“I want beautiful & lived-in hair…I want to embrace my roots and not have to worry about coming in for a retouch every 8 weeks!”

-Salon at Ulta Beauty client

During our consultation she explained that she wanted to “embrace her roots”, cool down the blonde, and add some “cold” darker tones. I’ve never had anyone ask for cold blonde(I knew she meant cool), but she was cracking me up and I think it’s kinda catchy! So, I told her my plan and she was on her way to achieving the cold hair she’s been dreaming of!

This client was a more complicated reverse balayage because she wanted to eliminate the warmer dark blonde low-lights as much as possible while lightening her existing blonde highlights and adding the cool dark blonde/light brown shades.

Typically, with reverse balayage, I’m only using a demi-permanent or permanent darker shade(I prefer demi-permanent for this technique) to create a balayage effect on hair that is already mostly blonde. I’ll go in after applying the darker shade and use my blur brush to blend up the previously lightened hair so that there is no line.

Here’s an example of a reverse balayage where I didn’t need to lighten the hair:

If you love this look just call your favorite haircolorist and schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your hair goals before your actual appointment. Most salons offer complimentary consultations and it gives you so much piece of mind to just chat for 10-15 minutes before diving in.

If you don’t have a trusted haircolorist or a reliable reference from a friend….you can find an American Board Certified Haircolorist in your area on!


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reverse balayage hair color examples in this post!

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