Balayage Curly Hair Secrets for a Stunning Change

Balayage Curly Hair

Balayage on curly hair with reddish highlights

Balayage Curly Hair: Tips for a Stunning Transformation


A curly balayage hair color puts emphasis on the natural color gradation, focusing on adding lightener to your natural hair color. This freehand technique gives us the ultimate control to enhance your hair's natural beauty. As a hairstylist with over 30 years of experience with coloring curly hair, my advice is to stay away from a chunky balayage, especially if you plan to flat iron your hair and wear it straight. This technique could lead to a stripey look.

Is Balayage Good for Curly Hair?

Balayage is a sage technique to lighten your hair, we may use bleaching or a color lightener to achieve the best results based on the integrity of your curls. Since curly hair tends to be dry, we will evaluate which process of hair coloring will be the best suited for your curly locks.

a woman on the beach with long curly hair in a subtle balayage hair color

Understanding Balayage on Curly Hair

a girl with copper curly hair balayage

The Basics of Balayage for Curly Textures

Balayage is a French word that means sweeping color through your hair in a freehand manner. Our salon offers many types of balayage processes from traditional balayage painting, foilyage, and open air processing.

a girl going to her prom with a tiara and a blonde balayage hair color

Why Curly Hair is Ideal for Balayage

Curly hair can benefit from balayage hair colors of all kinds, and we can focus on your own unique curl pattern. The hue selected is up to you, and your curl type, and texture. A subtle balayage is a great option to prevent upkeep, while a bright glow of blonde may be perfect for your ringlets.

a woman wearing an orange dress with a subtle balayage hair color on curly hair

Preparing Your Curly Hair for Balayage

Essential Tips Before Coloring

A consultation before coloring is the best way to start the process of balayage highlights. You may bring in pictures from social media, a YouTube video, or Pinterest to give us an idea of what you desire.

Choosing the Right Shade for Your Curls

The right shade of highlights is important to select, cinnamon tones on brown hair are a lovely choice. A stylist will show you hair swatches to help in the color selection process.

a woman with 4c curly hair with a cinnamon balayage

The Balayage Process Explained

Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Perfect Balayage

After evaluating your hair type, we will then prepare your hair addressing the top section first since we want that to be the most impactful. We then create a vertical section of hair and paint your strands with either bleach or dye. We will use a conditioner in our bleach to prevent hair breakage.

Techniques Tailored for Curly Hair

We may opt to leave your hair curly and highlight the strands that will look natural. DIY balayage is not recommended since curly hair may look blotchy. We will tailor each client's color and hair condition.

Aftercare for Balayage Curly Hair

Aftercare of your hair is paramount, we will show you the best moisture-infusing hair products and conditioners. Paulette Hair Care is sensational for textured hair, or fine hair may need a light argan oil moisturizer.

Maintaining Your Color at Home

Your home care will help prevent hair fading and keep your hair in optimal condition. A hair steam treatment on a monthly basis is a perfect way to keep your hair and scalp healthy.

Best Products for Colored Curly Hair

1) Paulette Hair Care is best suited for dryer curly locks

2). Diva Curl has a line to suit all types of curly textures from dense to fine.

3) Oribe Coils and Curls is a fantastic, yet pricey, hair product but it does render great results.

a woman with curly hair with a golden blonde balayage hair color

Styling Tips for Balayage Curly Hair

Enhancing Your Curls Post-Balayage

Have fun, use a diffuser to enhance curl volume, or a beautiful blowout will showcase your impactful hair balayage highlights.

Hairstyles That Complement Balayage on Curly Hair

The world is your oyster, have fun experimenting with different hairstyles from au natural, big and powerful, sleeky straight or put it up in the fanciest upsweep.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Addressing Over-Processing and Dryness

Overprocessing is always a concern, seek a professional stylist with years of experience to prevent dryness and breakage. Look for social media posts featuring curly balayage hair color, and inspect their online reviews.

a golden colored balayage on natural curly hair


Balayage for curly hair is one of the most beautiful colors, offering an effortless approach to highlighting curly hair and twists. We offer online booking, we would love to see you at our Noelle Salon.



Is Balayage Damaging for Curly Hair?

Hair color can be damaged when not applied appropriately or overprocessed, we can not stress enough that seeking professional assistance is key to creating the best results.

Can I Balayage My Curly Hair at Home?

We would not recommend this process, especially when working with bleach. A full view of your hair color is not possible on your own, seek a professional salon for best results. What Makes Balayage Different from Traditional Highlights?

It's all in the artist's eyes! Balayage is more of an effortless color approach where traditional highlights are perfect for an all-over lightening color from roots to ends.

How to Choose Between Balayage and Ombre for Curly Hair?

Ombre exposes more natural roots than a balayage highlight. Ombre is more of a gradient color from dark to light, where balayage highlights are strategically painted to put emphasis on each strand of hair.


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