I have two pieces of news for you here. One is very good, and the other can be good or bad depending on how you look at it.
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Now you know. After applying highlights you can get balayage in your hair immediately.
It doesn’t matter why you didn’t like your highlights.
Maybe they were too dark or too light.
Or maybe they were too exaggerated, too fine, or too thick.
Don’t worry about it. You can immediately get balayage over your highlights to arrive at the hair color you want.
But you will have to go to a professional to do what we colorists call “false balayage”.
Want to know why?
Why you can do a balayage immediately after getting highlights
And when I say immediately, I mean straight away. Because you can apply the balayage at the same time your colorist rinses out the bleach mixture if you didn’t like the way your highlights turned out.
Also, we colorists use both highlighting and balayage techniques a lot if we need to cover one with the other. It can happen if client doesn’t like the coloring job.
Because often some women don’t like the effect of their highlights because they don’t start at the root. And they prefer the highlights to start from the root.
If this is true in your case, you can get balayage immediately over your highlights. Your colorist will perform a “false balayage” or “reverse balayage”.
Why can you do a false balayage immediately after getting highlights?
Because in this case you don’t need to bleach your hair. So there is no risk of burning your hair or damaging it irreversibly.
However, you will have to go to a salon.
Why? Because your colorist will separate sections of your hair as if they were going to apply balayage bleach. But instead of applying a bleach mixture, they will apply a darker color to your hair.
In other words, they’ll cover your unevenly bleached highlights, both at the roots and some lengths, with the dye.
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Now, at first glance, it might look like a simple job. But trust me. Covering highlights freehand, with a dark dye and without leaving a line is a job that can only be done by an experienced colorist.
Your colorist will apply a dye irregularly without being very precise so there won’t be any dividing line of colors. This will blend the highlights perfectly with the dye, achieving the balayage effect.
You can get balayage immediately after highlights. Why? In reality, you don’t need to bleach your hair. Your colorist will apply a darker dye to your bleached strands, achieving a false balayage without compromising the health of your hair.