A Guide to Maintaining Your Highlights and Balayage at Home

 Guide to Maintaining Your Highlights and Balayage at Home


highlight the hair by salon professional

 Maintaining the vibrancy and beauty of your highlights and balayage doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. With the right tips and techniques, you can keep your color looking fresh and salon-worthy from the comfort of your own home. In this blog, we'll explore simple yet effective strategies to preserve and enhance your highlights and balayage between salon visits.Your highlights/bayalage are an investment in your hair's beauty, so it's crucial to prioritize hair care to make that investment last. By following these steps, you're ensuring that your investment in vibrant, stunning highlights will continue to pay off in the long run."

Use Color Safe Products

color safe oway silk n glow hair product

Invest in high-quality, color-safe shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for highlighted or color-treated hair. These products help protect your hair color from fading and maintain its brilliance. We recommend using OWAY silk n glow hair bath and hair mask to keep your hair hydrated at all times. The great news is that while this product effectively moisturizes your hair, it won't leave it feeling weighed down. Plus, it comes in a sturdy amber glass bottle, so you can use it in the shower worry-free without the risk of breakage. What's even better? Bring the bottle back for a refill and receive 15% off, contributing to sustainability efforts and reducing plastic waste in our world.

 Limit Washing

To prevent premsomeone washing there hair in showerature fading, avoid washing your hair too frequently. Aim to wash your hair every 2-3 days instead of daily, and consider using dry shampoo like this one Oway plant mineral ( Containing natural ingredients, this dry shampoo won't leave residue buildup on your hair follicles, unlike many conventional dry shampoos. This promotes a healthier scalp, which in turn contributes to healthier hair.)  between washes to refresh your hair and absorb excess oil.

Cold Water Rinse

After shampooing and conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water. Cold water helps seal the hair cuticles, locking in moisture and color while adding shine to your highlights and balayage. Having a water softener really helps especially in San Antonio !! If you don’t have one I recommend using a shower head filter that you can purchase at your local hardware store. 

UV Protection

smoothing cream that is a good heat protectant

Just like your skin, your hair is susceptible to damage from the sun's harmful UV rays, which can cause your highlights to fade and become brassy. Protect your hair by wearing hats or using UV-protective hair products when spending time outdoors. One of our favorite UV-protective hair products we like using is the OWAY smoothing cream or OWay smoothing fluid




Refresh with Toning Treatments

toning treatments in salon and at home

To keep your highlights looking fresh and vibrant, consider using at-home toning treatments or glosses, like the Amika Bust your brass purple shampoo.  These products help neutralize any brassiness or unwanted tones, restoring your highlights and balayage to their original shade. You can also come in at Ippodaro Natural salon, and request an HBRIGHTENING service. This is a  clear Shine Gloss Treatment: Enhances the shine and luminosity of both natural and colored hair, leaving your locks looking absolutely radiant! 💫 Light Color Cleanse: Gently removes unwanted tones, adds subtle illumination to natural hair, or revitalizes cosmetic color for a fresh, brightened look. It will revive your highlights or balayage naturally. 


How to use purple shampoo

purple shampoo

  • Prep with Clarifying Shampoo: Start by shampooing your hair with a clarifying shampoo like Malibu Un Do Goo. This helps remove any buildup or impurities, ensuring that the purple shampoo can penetrate your hair effectively.
  • Apply Purple Shampoo: Next, apply a generous amount of purple shampoo, such as Amika Bust Your Brass, to your hair. Leave the shampoo in for about 5-10 minutes to allow it to work its magic. The key here is the duration - the longer you leave it in, the cooler the tones will be.
  • Adjust Timing for Desired Results: If you're aiming for a cooler, more gray or ashy look, leave the purple shampoo in for 10-20 minutes. Keep in mind that leaving it in for too long can result in overly cool tones, so adjust the timing based on your hair's needs.
  • Follow with Moisturizing Conditioner: Rinse out the purple shampoo thoroughly and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to replenish hydration and keep your hair soft and smooth.
  • Instant Results: With consistent use, you'll start to see the results instantly - say goodbye to brassiness and hello to beautifully toned highlights!

    By following these simple steps, you can master the art of using purple shampoo and keep your highlights looking fresh and vibrant between salon visits. Happy toning!

Deep Conditioning

deep conditioning example

Regular deep conditioning treatments help keep your hair healthy, hydrated, and more resistant to damage. Opt for nourishing hair masks or treatments enriched with moisturizing ingredients to replenish lost moisture and maintain the integrity of your highlights. 

For natural home remedies, coconut oil is incredibly beneficial for treating dry hair, particularly on the mid-shaft to ends. Applying coconut oil helps prevent the ends from becoming overly dry over time. Remember to shampoo your hair thoroughly after using it. Some individuals opt to leave a small amount of coconut oil in their hair throughout the day, allowing it to absorb and nourish their strands


Avoid Heat Styling

heating styling

 Excessive heat styling can cause damage to your hair and accelerate color fading. Minimize the use of hot tools such as flat irons and curling wands, and always use a heat protected product, like the Oway Smoothing fluid which is more of an oil based or if you prefer a creme base you can also use the OWAY smoothing cream,  before styling to shield your hair from heat damage.


 Schedule Regular Touch-Ups

While it's possible to maintain your highlights and balayage at home, it's essential to schedule regular touch-up appointments with your hairstylist. Professional touch-ups ensure that your color stays fresh and evenly blended, preventing any noticeable regrowth or color discrepancies. Usually you are encouraged to keep up with it every 6-12 weeks. The frequency of touch-ups for your highlights or balayage depends on the specific technique used. I generally advise scheduling a toner touch-up every 4 weeks to maintain color vibrancy and ensure optimal hair health. During these appointments, our skilled hair healers can assess the condition of your hair and tailor the treatment to your individual needs. For balayage, you can extend the time between services up to 12 weeks. However, it's essential to have one of our hair healers evaluate your hair's progress to prioritize both your desired outcome and the health of your hair.


With these simple yet effective tips, you can prolong the life of your highlights and balayage and keep your hair looking gorgeous between salon visits. Remember to prioritize hair health, use color-safe products, and protect your hair from environmental stressors to maintain vibrant and beautiful color for longer.