Balayage highlights are highlights that are painted onto the hair using a free-hand technique, rather than using foils or a cap to highlight the hair. The results are a very subtle, natural look. Ombre highlights are often achieved using a balayage technique. Balayage highlights are typically done in a salon by a professional. I would not recommend attempting to do balayage highlights at home.
What is Sunglitz?
Sunglitz is a highlighting system developed by Farouk Systems. The Sunglitz Lightening System selectively subtracts color pigments from the hair just like the sun. The specially formulated pigments brighten and enhance tones to create incredible multidimensional highlights.
Sunglitz products are ammonia-free, and gentle on the hair. The oil-based product assists in smooth applications fortified with silk and botanicals to condition the hair leaving it full of shine. The silk protein and masking clay base helps with tightening and strengthening the lightener to the hair. Botanicals, herbs, panthenol, milk, amino acids, and olive oil provide conditioning and moisture to the hair, leaving it smooth and shiny following the service.
My Experience with Sunglitz
As a hairstylist, I had been procrastinating on getting on board with the balayage highlighting technique. It’s kind of new and was definitely out of my comfort zone. I recently took a class on the Sunglitz Lighting System and decided that maybe it wasn’t so scary. The Farouk Systems instructor was very knowledgeable, eased my trepidations, and made it look fairly simple.
I kind of dove in headfirst. My first client of the following business day was a perfect candidate for Sunglitz highlights. She likes subtle highlights, nothing streaky or too obvious, and wants as natural of a look as possible.
I found the technique to be much easier than my fears lead me to believe. The results were beautiful. Seamless, pretty, and simply natural. By the end of the day, I transformed a total of five previously foil highlighted clients into Sunglitz balayage highlights.
The nice thing about Sunglitz, is the powder lighteners are available in four different shades, allowing your stylist to choose cooler (ash or platinum) shades or warm (strawberry or golden) highlights. The colors can be mixed and matched to give your hair the perfect shade or multi-tonal highlights that will best compliment your skin tone and hair color.
I was also impressed with the speed at which Sunglitz delivers results. Most of the color services that previously took 2 hours were reduced by 30 to 45 minutes using Sunglitz.
The results of every balayage highlight service I’ve performed since has been a great experience. It’s fun to apply, my clients have really enjoyed the experience and the results, and we’ve all saved time in the process. Win, win.
Sunglitz Highlight Enhancing Shampoo, Conditioners, and Treatments
Color Enhancement Shampoo: Keeping your Sunglitz highlights bright and the perfect shade is made easier with Sunglitz shampoo. Specifically formulated to enhance your specific highlights and reduce unwanted tones, these shampoos smell great and deliver incredible shine. Shampoos are available for beige, ash, golden, and strawberry enhancing formulas.
Natural Sunsealer Daily Conditioner: Sunglitz conditioner has been specifically developed to be used right after your Sunglitz highlight to instantly close the cuticle protecting the new hair color and highlights. This rich, luxurious conditioner is also ideal for daily use at home to detangle, condition, and protect the hair while providing incredible shine.
Repair and Shine Silk Leave-In Treatment: Sunglitz has also developed a replenishing and reconstructing leave-in treatment for color-treated and highlighted hair to repair, smooth, and protect the hair while detangling, balancing moisture, and providing a brilliant color gloss shine.
Maintaining Balayage Highlights
Regular maintenance of your highlight service is really no different with balayage highlights than any other color service. How fast your hair grows, the percentage of gray you have, how much your hair fades, and the products you use will all determine how often you’ll need to repeat your balayage highlights. Typical reapplication is every 5 to 8 weeks. Talk to your hairstylist about how often your specific highlights will need to be re-applied.