Tips for a low maintenance balayage (you’ll only need to touch it up every four months)

easy to maintain

Do you want to change your hair look but don’t want to spend a lot maintaining it?


You’ve come to the right place because I’m here to tell you about how to get a low-maintenance balayage.

Yes ma’am, if you thought all balayage had to have a high maintenance cost, you’re very wrong.


 If you choose the right shade and the right base, you can get a spectacular balayage with a very low maintenance cost. 

You’ll be good just going to the salon every four months to touch it up.


With the ideas that I share with you here, you won’t just save a fortune on hair maintenance, but you’ll also save a lot of time.

  • First, I’ll tell you the KEY for a low-maintenance balayage
  • And then, I’ll tell you which color is best for you according to your hair color


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Which balayage is the cheapest to maintain?

The cheapest balayage to maintain is the one that uses your natural hair color as a base.


  • Do you have dark brown or black hair?

That should be your balayage’s base.


  • Do you have medium blonde hair?

That should be your balayage’s base.


You’re probably asking yourself, what is my balayage’s base?

 When we talk about the base of your balayage, we mean the roots, because according to the balayage technique, the first 2-3 inches of your hair should be left as is to create the faded transition effect. 


If, on the other hand, the color of the base of balayage is very different from your natural hair color, you’ll have a balayage that needs a lot of maintenance. As your hair grows out, you’ll need to touch up your balayage.

Let’s look at a few examples.


Balayage on brown hair

natural roots

If you have brown hair, I would recommend a honey-colored balayage without touching your roots. That way, the faded transition will go from your natural brown to a lighter color: honey.

That is when your hair is naturally brown.


If you get a honey-colored balayage, you will be more than okay with touching up the ends every four months.


Balayage on blonde hair

fades to light blonde

Now, if your natural hair color is blonde, you’ll have to do an extra light blonde balayage.

Once again, so your balayage doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, the balayage base color should be your natural blonde (8), and then the transition will be to an extra light blonde (10).


Balayage on dark brown or black hair

touch up every 4 months

Now let’s say you have dark brown or black hair and you want to get a light, ashy blonde balayage.

Can you do it?


Of course you can! But you’ll spend a fortune. First, because, to achieve ashy blonde on such dark hair, you’ll need at least 3 visits to the salon.

And then, when you need to touch up the ashy color, you’ll have to bleach your hair again.


 So, if you have dark hair and you want a balayage that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, I recommend that you choose a medium shade, like brown or light brown. 


As you can see, the key to getting a low-maintenance balayage is to use your natural hair color as the base.

If, on the other hand, your balayage’s base isn’t your hair color, you will definitely spend a fortune maintaining it.


Is it worth getting a balayage on greying hair, or is the maintenance costly?

If you have grey hairs and you want to hide them with a low-maintenance look, I wouldn’t recommend getting a balayage.



Because as soon as your greying roots grow in, you’ll need to go back to the salon to touch up your balayage’s base.

 Hair grows half an inch a month. So, you should go back to the salon every month to hide that half an inch of growth.  


If you have grey hairs and you don’t want to go back to the salon every month, I recommend getting highlights.

If you have dark hair and you get thin, blonde highlights, you’ll be able to hide your gray hairs well.



The key to getting a low-maintenance balayage is not changing your natural hair color and if it is already dyed, not changing it more than 2 shades.

In other words, the more radical the change you’re trying to get with the balayage, the more expensive maintenance will be.


So, one more time:

  • If you have black or dark brown hair (1, 2), your balayage should be a brown shade (4 or 5).
  • If your hair is brown (4 or 5), your balayage should be a honey color (7).
  • If your hair is blonde (8), your balayage should be extra light (10, 11).


Now that you know how to get a low-maintenance balayage, what are you waiting for?


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