A Balayage Transformation You Have to See to Believe

There are two main components to any successful consultation: one, analyzing your client's starting point, and two, determining their end goal. In today's how-to video, L’Oréal Professionnel artist Sebastian Langman-Kirtley noted that his model was starting at a natural level 6 with heavy foiling throughout the surface of her hair. Knowing that he wanted to complement her olive skin tone and create a warm silver tone, he knew he had to lift her to a level 9 and seamlessly connect her foil lines. Watch as Langman-Kirtley walks us through his silver balayage technique with a "work smarter, not harder" mindset. 


  • Section off the crown and start by painting soft single pieces.
  • Paint the hair at a 45 degree angle to achieve the maximum amount of tension.
  • As you move downward, drop the elevation to the natural fall of the hair.
  • Rather than moving left to right, alternate between left and right across the head to prevent one side from being lighter. 
  • Layer with perferated plastic to process. 
  • Paint a soft triple point at the crown. 
  • At the part, paint a diagonal forward and a diagonal back, creating a braid-like formation.
  • To turn foil lines into a seamless balayage, connect foil lines and saturate zone 3. 

Balayage Formula:

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Blond Studio Multi-Techniques Powder and 40-vol Majicreme Developer with Smartbond Step 1

Root Smudge Formula:

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Dia Light 6.1/6B with 9-vol Diactivateur Developer

Gloss Formula:

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Dia Light 1/2 9.11/9BB and 10.22/10VV plus a pea-sized amount of Majirel Mix Blue with 6-vol Diactivateur Developer