Add some sun-kissed dimension to your natural curls.
Highlights aren't just for girls with straight strands, curly girls can get in on the fun as well. While the process is a bit different, using balayage on curly hair will create a look that is equally as gorgeous. To learn more about this technique and to get tips for taking care of balayage curly hair we turned to hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Nancy Braun. Ahead, you'll learn how to achieve balayage on curly hair, how to maintain your new sun-kissed color, and the top tip to keeping your color looking fresh as can be.
How to Achieve Balayage on Curly Hair
"Like babylights and foiled highlights on straight and wavy hair, balayage on curly hair help to add dimension and texture to the hair," Braun explains. "This creates gorgeous highs and lows and looks almost beach-like and naturally sun-kissed," she says. However, while the result is as stunning, the technique is a little different. Since curly hair needs more moisture, Braun explains that one major difference between highlights for straight - and even wavy - hair and balayage for curly hair, is the way the technician applies the color. "It has to be saturated through the curl," she says, "not just sitting on top of the hair. This is key in getting a great color."
The curly balayage hair method itself is just like how it's done on straight hair - color is applied to each curl with a free-hand painting technique. This ensures that the highlights look naturally sun-kissed, accentuate movement and definition, and grow out without an obvious line of demarcation. Using a free-hand technique allows your hairdresser to create a custom color just for you and your type of curl.
How to Take Care of Balayage Curly Hair
Using the right products is key when maintaining your balayage hair color and the health of your curly hair. Braun explains that since highlights can be drying on already dry curly hair, once you get your hair done, you'll want to shampoo less often. And, when you do shampoo, you'll want to use products formulated for color-treated hair – like the Serie Expert A-OX Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditioner. If it looks like your style is in need of a refresh, Braun recommends using a spray bottle with some water to revive and reshape your curls.
Curly Balayage Tricks of the Trade
Another tip? Hair masks. "One of the greatest tricks in the world is for curly girls to use a mask as a leave in product," Braun says. "This helps to put some hydration back into the hair, plus it will help hold the curl. But, don't use a ton of product, just place a quarter sized amount in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then scrunch through damp hair to distribute the product. You'll want products that make your hair look and feel soft, not crunchy," she says. With balayage curly hair, you need to put moisture back into your hair as often as possible, and this trick is great for doing just that!
Editor's Recommendation: Not sure which hair mask to use? We're particularly fond of the Mythic Oil Rich Mask, and Serie Expert Absolut Repair Lipidium Mask. All three of these masks will work to deeply nourish curly hair for a strengthened, repaired, replenished, and protected head of hair.