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How To: French Balayage + Gloss

French Balayage. Its Secret?The Gloss

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Don’t get caught without the gloss! Before you begin your client’s balayage application, ask them this: “do you want to look like any blonde, or do you want to look like your very own?”

Here’s why you should finish every French Balayage application with a gloss:

The Customization. With 13 different DIA Light Milkshake shades to choose from and a processing range from 2-10 minutes, the options are endless.

The Care. The gel-crème consistency of DIA Light improves the overall integrity of the hair.

The Shine. Your client will leave the salon with radiant shine for up to 6 weeks.

The Locked in Color. A gloss is the only way to close the hair cuticle, keeping their color looking fresh for up to 6 weeks.

The Color Refresh. Your client has the option to visit the salon in-between Balayage appointments to reinvigorate their hair color.



Check out how our Artists create a French Balayage + Gloss with the how-to’s below!



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    BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE

    BY KELLI HOVEY


    This look covers all the bases- richness, dimension, and slightly sun kissed. L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Kelli Hovey created this beautiful butterscotch blonde with the French Balayage Technique. To achieve this look, she grabbed her two favorites: Freehand Techniques Powder and DIA Light Milkshakes.

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    FORMULA

    MIXING


    Mix equal parts Blond Studio Freehand Techniques Powder with 40-vol Majicrème Developer. In a bowl, first apply your developer, followed by your clay lightener. Then use a cap full of some of your developer on top of the clay lightener to experience an even smoother and consistent texture.

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    FORMULA & SECTIONING

    BALAYAGE APPLICATION


    Create single pieces in the back of the nape using diagonal sections. This will create more contrast while the diagonal sections create softness. Once you reach the crown, create double points using diagonal sections. When you reach the front two sides and hairline, create your clients hairline by using double or triple points for maximum blonde.

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    APPLICATION

    CUSTOMIZATION


    To customize your clients look, simply paint off their part and create a single, double, or triple point to frame their face shape. Kelli likes to use a double or triple at the front hairline for boldness and single or double pieces behind the hairline to maintain contrast and brightness.

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    FORMULA

    GLOSS


    Kelli’s go-to for all of her balayage clients is to customize their look with DIA Light Milkshakes. For this look, use DIA Light Milkshake 9.03 with 9-Vol DIActivateur Developer. After you rinse, shampoo and towel dry the hair (hair can be damp), apply the gloss and process for 10 minutes.

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    SOFT & NATURAL BLONDE

    BY LINDSAY LEE


    This look begs you to ask the question: was she born with it? This soft and dreamy blonde was created by L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Lindsay Lee, who gets her clients there with Platinium Plus! Discover how she uses the French Balayage technique and DIA Light Milkshakes to keep her clients coming back.

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    FORMULA

    MIXING


    Begin the process by mixing Platinium Plus with 40-Vol Nutri-Developer. Mix your lightener to a thick consistency but make sure it’s still workable, meaning it glides smoothly onto the hair, while also being able to build it up. Be sure to insulate each piece with balayage film.

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    SECTIONING

    BALAYAGE APPLICATION


    Section your client starting in the back from the occipital bone up. Apply by using a brick lay pattern, alternating horizontal and diagonal sections, painting in a double point or v shape. Moving towards the font of the head, working off their natural part, use the same brick lay pattern. Process for 45 minutes.

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    FORMULA

    GLOSS


    Rinse and wash your client out with INOA Post Shampoo to make sure that all lightener is removed, while also bringing the hair back to its natural ph before glossing. Mix ¼ DIA Light Milkshake 9.12 + ¼ 10.13 with 15-Vol DIActivateur Developer. Process for 7 minutes on towel dried hair.

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    PEARLY BLONDE

    BY ALYSSA ADAMS


    Looking for major lift? L’Oréal Professionnel Artist Alyssa Adams worked with a natural level 5 base to achieve this beautiful, pearly blonde result. By applying a variation of one and two point balayage and finishing it off with DIA Light Milkshakes, she was able to lift her to a level 9/10. Talk about coverage and dimension!

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    FORMULA

    BALAYAGE APPLICATION


    Using Multi-Techniques Lightener with 40-vol Nutri-Developer + Smartbond, apply your balayage by alternating between a one and two point application, as you see fit.

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    PROCESSING


    After application, place plastic wrap around every other section to conduct heat for maximum lift. Process for about 30-40 minutes.

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    FORMULA

    GLOSS


    Rinse, shampoo and towel dry the hair thoroughly. Apply the gloss formula globally at the bowl: DIA Light Milkshake 9.02 with 9-vol DIActivateur Developer. Process up to 10 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and condition with Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX.

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