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Caring For Your Balayage

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The balayage trend is the perfect look that every low maintenance girl needs and it doesn’t look like the trend is going anywhere any time soon. For those who don’t know, balayage is basically a free hand colouring technique where the colour is painted on by hand rather than using the traditional foil highlights technique. The result is a soft, natural highlighted look that requires very little maintenance. But that’s not to say that balayage doesn’t require any attention at all. If you don’t correctly care for your balayage, you can end up with excessive damage to your hair. So, we have compiled our top 5 tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your balayage.
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1. Only colour healthy hair

If your hair is already damaged or brittle, adding more colour on top will only make things worse. The best way to minimise breakage when colouring your hair is to work on hair that is already healthy. We recommend strengthening your hair with Matrix Total Results The Re-Bond to deeply repair and protect your hair from further damage.

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2. Use a purple shampoo and conditioner

Once your hair has been coloured, it is important that you use the right products in between salon appointments to keep the colour looking fresh. If you want to keep the blonde in your balayage bright, use the Matrix Total Results Brass Off range to neutralize brassy tones whilst nourishing your hair.

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3. Refresh your colour and get regular trims

Regular maintenance for balayage is every 10 - 12 weeks for a colour and trim, but reviving your hair with a basin balayage every 4 – 6 weeks is crucial to keep tone and shine. A basin balayage only takes 10 – 15 mins at the basin and rejuvenates your colour with a balancing toner without the lengthy salon visit.

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4. Use strengthening treatments at home

Coloured hair can be prone to dryness and when left untreated it can lead to damaged and brittle hair. Ask your hairdresser to include the use of a bonder, such as Matrix Bond Ultim8, during the lightening process for added protection. The process continues at home with Matrix Bond Ultim8 Step 3, a take-home weekly sealing treatment which provides additional care at home after your colour service.

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5. What to avoid

Swimming in chlorine pools, heat styling, even washing your hair too much can affect your balayage colour once you leave the salon. It is important to look after your hair, especially in the summer months, in order to maintain colour and natural vitality. Check out our “Ultimate Summer Haircare Guide” for more tips on how to keep your hair protected and healthy.

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