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Brief History: How Balayage Started 

You might find this hard to believe, but there was a time when I thought I knew everything I needed to create or replicate any hair color that clients showed me pictures of. Of course, I might have been naive. I had years of experience under my belt and many successes.

That all changed with balayage and lived in looks got popular.

I discovered that there were so many things that I did not know or had to learn. I felt overwhelmed, but I discovered I had to do something productive about it. I started to practice on mannequins, watch youtube tutorials. I was curious finding out about the latest balayage knowledge and trends. Creating balayage looks testing them out, not on paying customers, but mannequins, ( i even practiced on my dog’s with funny colors lol ). It made me feel like a student again. And I love that

Hi, I am Eda Motchka, some people like to call me @balaygangsta. I am an advanced hair colorist, balayage instructor, stylists coach  and salon owner in Birmingham Michigan

Welcome to balayage fundamentals blog. In this blog, we will learn how to identify and leverage balayage and create any look that you will need to in any given situation from your client ’s requests.

I will provide you with high-level concepts necessary to adopt a mindset of advance colorist and methodology behind it.

Balayage is a timeless technique. It was invented in France late  60’s early 70’s and has been used in Hollywood since then; this beautiful technique has been reinvented  and started to get big 2010-2011

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What makes great balayage artist.

Because balayage is an art and not only a set of tools and a list of instructions it all starts with the person behind the chair balayage.

A vast majority with balayage artists starts with the actual look (finished look of customer’s request). You will need to understand what you are trying to achieve before you can apply any painting techniques

 So a successful balayage artist will plug themselves in the day-to-day to realize what makes balayage work, when to use it and how to get any look that client’s request.

Apply the fundamentals that I have explained below in this blog today and watch yourself immediately improve 

Based on my statistics of balayage training with the different level of experience of hairdressers It takes 30 balayage applications to start and understand balayage at a deeper level.

Understanding how balayage works before you start to paint is so crucial to creating any look.

Based on my experience when I train stylists and teach my students  my 101 Balayage Class,  the same technique I teach will look different from one stylist to another.
So don’t try to copy someones work. Instead use that someone’s work as a guideline to achieving your own.  

All stylists have their own personality and style which very much reflect their each own style and work.

The same is true when hair cutting. You can very much tell the difference when one stylist does the cut vs the other one.


5 Most important fundamentals  when you are balayaging are :



We have all heard that consistency is key basically in all things and aspects of life. The same is true when balayaging.


You will need to perfect consistency on stroking  and consistency on product application.

Use the same speed and the same hand pressure when blending with balayage.

And use the same speed and the same hand pressure when saturating with balayage


When creating seamless blending use faster and lighter strokes.

When you are saturating, or lifting use deeper, longer,  harder and slower strokes.

When you are blending and saturating use lighter bleach consistency .

When lifting (with no gold)  use thicker bleach consistency

Balayage is a dynamic application. The way it is when you apply it,  will be the same way when you see at as a finished look.


Application timing and processing timing are both just very important.  As I mentioned above balayage is an art , yes it is true , however you can NOT stop it to continue later. Neither can you take a long time to finish it. Bleach is working the moment you apply it on hair. So focus to create some application speed  


Balayage requires some speed that you will need to adapt to. When I am teaching balayage see balayage class details here  I tell my students to focus and be mindful with a clear mind when balayaging. Busy mind will take a longer time to finish. So keep focus to better your timing.

You will need to apply an even application throughout hair.

Application time should not be more than 30 minutes.

Process application should be between 25 and 50 minutes depending on the level of lift.

Remember that you are using higher peroxide strength which means that you will need to work faster and keep an eye on your customers hair.


3- peroxide strengths.

As far as how strong should you mix your lightener,  I suggest you follow product instructions int the back of the product  however

Thinner mixing will allow you to blend better because you are able to control the product better.

Thicker consistency is used for lifting.

Here is a way to test if you have the right consistency for product mixing

If you are able to move the lightner with your brush you will be using  back and forth it’s a good indicator that you have the correct mixing.

Avoid mixing too thin. When product is to thin or watery you are increasing the chances of product dripping which creates spotting.

Also i tell my students to avoid to mix too thick as well.

When product is too thick you will have a hard to applying an even consistency. You might experience the product to clutter  in different areas of each hair strand which again you might have a better chance to have an uneven application which could lead to spotting.  


At salon we keep different kind of shapes and brush sizes.  Brushes come in different shapes and sizes for different results. So picking the right brushes it is so important.

For a better blending use a brush with softer bristles. Softer bristles help you create blending better also faster.

For saturation use a brush that has a stronger bristles. Brushes with stiff bristles that are strong enough to support the full saturation.

TIP-Also brushes that are stiff are better  to use for precise application such as foliage ( what I call at salon, foliage is a balayage technique that is applied in such a way that results will look the same as you applied  foiling system. It mimics foiling) 

5-Body positioning

I tell my staff all the time. If you are planning to do hair for a long time and planning to be the best you can possible with your craft, you will need to understand the importance of the body positioning. During our training sessions at salon i teach my stylists to make sure to  not bend your back forward trying to level. Instead band your knees keeping your back straight. This is good for 3 health reasons.

a-It will increase your leg muscles.

b- keeps your back healthy

c-improves your focus.

Trust me when you are bending your knees and balayaging you will feel your muscles burning which will also improve your focus and working faster with your timing.




In this balayage class you will learn: Understanding Balayage in such a way where you can create and replicate any look that your customer requests.

Certificate of Completion and Balayage booklet included. 

Class hours 10:30am – 4:30pm Mondays. Free 1 hour class balayage theory, students only!.


Learn how to get maximum lift with balayage 

Learn to avoid gold and orange on blondes and brunettes 

Learn how to Balayage The Money Piece 

Learn how to do Balayage blending in a way where it saves you time for each client

Learn where to place Balayage. Balayage placements is so important for your clients overall look. 

How to mix balayage the correct way

How to apply with the right consistency 

How to hold your tools

Body position + How to hold the hair while balayaging. Avoid hurting your buddy  in a long run  

How to apply V-Sections

How to apply Y- Sections

Mistakes to avoid with balayage such spotting and staining 

What is balayage?

What is the difference between balayage and other highlighting techniques?

What is the difference between balayage bleach and foil bleach?

..and much more!

Food and snacks are included. See you soon!








Classes are available on Mondays 10:30am-4:30pm

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$1,350.00    10:30 am – 4:30pm  6 hour session 

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1-10 students per workshop session at our Balayage Salon.



Tools Needed: Bolly brush, mannequin with tripod, reservoir, towels, bleach, 4 clips, blow dryer, round brush, flat brush, gloves, apron, notebook, and pen


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