Balayage is a highlighting technique that gained massive popularity in the last year or so due to its natural, kissed by the sun effect. Whether you have very long hair, a short cut, or you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ll want to maintain your balayage highlights by taking some simple measures that will really pay off.

Do Weekly Treatments

No, we don’t mean go to a salon every week for a new treatment. Keeping your highlights maintained is something you can help do yourself at home. Performing a weekly deep moisturizing treatment will ensure your color stays vibrant and glistening. You can use a natural oil: we recommend almond oil to get great results. Start by rinsing your hair with hot water to prep the cuticle, slather on the oil, wrap your hair up in plastic wrap and wait! The longer you wait, the more moisturized your hair will become. It sounds like a very old school method, but it really works. When you’ve waited as long as you can, remove the plastic wrap and jump in the shower for a wash and condition. You may need to wash twice to make sure you remove all the oil and so that your hair doesn’t look greasy. This added moisture will keep your balayage looking right.

Don’t Wash your Hair Everyday

This tip really depends on your hair type and your scalp type. If you get oily very quickly and find that you NEED to wash every day, then by all means go for it. But if you can get away with it, washing a couple times a week will suffice and could help prevent damage. When you wash your hair, you’re stripping it of its natural oils and dulling the balayage color. Try reducing your washes to 2-3 times a week and use a dry shampoo in between washes if needed. This will extend the life of your color.

Feed your Color

One of the reasons people love balayage is that it grows out so naturally and doesn’t leave a big root line. However, you can still maintain your color between salon visits by giving your balayage a little love from some great products. If your balayage color is on the blonde side, use a purple shampoo to keep the color fresh and remove any brassiness. If your balayage color is more on the caramel or bronde side, use a color depositing product in the shade closest to yours. This will maintain that fresh out of the salon color for weeks to come.

Visit your Salon for a Touch Up

While there are ways to maintain color between salon visits, you’ll eventually need to get those highlights freshened up. The good news is that balayage highlights really only need to be touched up about every four months. When you go in for a touch up you have the option of moving up the highlights closer to the root where you initially started, or just placing a few baby lights around the face, or freshening up the highlights from the hairline all the way down. It’s really about what you want! Balayage is so customizable and easy to maintain and it looks great on everyone.