Can you go from highlights to balayage? What techniques should you use?

from blonde to ashy

The other day I was asked a very interesting question.

Can you turn highlights into balayage?


Yes! The answer is yes.

If you have highlights in your hair, whether they were done with a cap, paper, or comb, nothing can keep you from changing your look to a balayage.

The balayage technique includes bleaching by streaks or layers, so the previous highlights are appropriate for this.

What is a balayage?


Balayage is a world trend in all tones from blond to fantasy colors like pink and green.

It consists of fading the dye from the middle to the ends without touching the growth/roots.

You get this fading color by bleaching. That’s why highlights are an excellent base for this technique.


You can do it in various ways; every stylist uses a way that is familiar to them.

With a comb, with papers or with a brush.

If you already have the idea to change from highlights to balayage, it’s a good idea to let your hair grow out as much as possible, with the growth/roots from 5 to 10 cm, it’s going to be a lot better.


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How to choose the ideal balayage tone for your hair

The balayage technique or fade allows you to undertake various tones.

  • If we choose chocolate roots we can finish off the length in a honey color. These tones are ideal for darker skin.
  • If we choose a honey tone at the roots, we can apply a blonde color to the lengths which looks good with lighter skin.


Since our hair was previously bleached by the highlights, it will be easier to tone it.

We can also choose a contrasting balayage, which is what it is called when the tones are switched.

For example, we apply black at the roots and in the length a platinum or a gray.
Any fantasy color is beautiful as a balayage.


Attention: before any color change you should do this

before applying the color

It’s very important that your hair style does a strand test in your hair, to be sure that your hair is in optimal conditions to handle the coloring.

The streak test consists of applying the color on just a piece of hair and letting it sit to see how it reacts.


If your hair responds well, you can continue with the balayage application. If your hair doesn’t respond well to the test, and that is something that your hair stylist will notice easily, it would be better to wait to do the balayage.

In the meantime, you can apply deep hydrating treatments for your hair so that little by little your hair can recuperate strength.


How to choose the ideal salon for my change

There are small details that you should keep in mind when it comes time to choose a salon.


  • Hygiene is very important, that everything is disinfected and organized, that your stylist presents themselves well and that you feel confident.


  • The products that they use.

Many times, we go to the salon confident that since they are professionals, they will have the best for us, but it’s not always like that. To cut costs, salons frequently lower the quality of their products.

So, be sure to choose salons where they use dyes and products from well-known brands.


  • That they know the balayage technique.

A lot of times, clients come in with true disasters in their hair because the salon didn’t know how to do the job. Ask specifically about the balayage technique.

Consult with other people that have gone through the experience. It’s a beautiful technique, but it takes time. Depending on the color and other factors, you could be in the salon for 3 hours.



Get excited! Balayage is the best thing that could happen to your hair.

It doesn’t need monthly maintenance; it doesn’t get damaged as much and it is very versatile.

There are many tones to choose from and thousands of images on the internet so that you can see what it’s all about.

You should just find the right style for you.


Are you thinking of doing a balayage and you still have doubts?

Are you not sure if you can do the balayage over your highlights?


Leave your doubts here below and I will respond as soon as possible.

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