Does balayage damage your hair?

Yes, all hair treatments that include chemicals, including balayage damage your hair to some extent. However, when compared to standard hair dye techniques, balayage is better because you don’t need to redo it soon.

Balayage damages your hair because hairstylists use bleaching to get the color of your hair to become lighter. Bleach breaks down your natural acids and causes hair to become dehydrated and dry.

This is not a serious issue if you don’t use bleach often and recover your hair by providing extra moisture and oil. You shouldn’t use bleach more than twice a year if you want to have healthy and moisturized hair all the time.

If you have low or high porosity hair, you need to pay extra attention to your hair if you bleach it, if you don’t want to have frizzy and unmanageable hair. Also, the longer you keep the bleach on your hair, the more it will take for it to recover.

Keep reading this blog post if you want to find out more about balayage and how it affects your hair.

Does balayage cause hair fall?

Suppose you have natural, healthy hair, then it will recover after balayage with proper hair. If you have thin, brittle hair that you have dyed plenty of times before, then you are risking it.

Healthy hair

Healthy hair will withstand the bleaching procedure, and you don’t have to worry about extreme damage and loss of hair. However, you still need to take care of it because you need to use hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and gentle shampoos every day.

To keep the color fresh and attractive, you should use purple shampoo twice a month.

Damaged hair

If you have thin hair that you have dyed a lot, then you should recover it properly before getting a balayage. You should avoid dying for eight months or more and recover it with natural hair masks and rich oils.

Does balayage damage hair more than highlights?

People often compare highlights and balayage because they are similar hair techniques. In a sense, both damage your hair, but if you have darker hair and you want a lighter balayage, you will damage your hair more.

This is because you will need a higher developed for darker hair and will have it longer on your hair to get the right color. Lighter hair doesn’t have to keep it for a more extended period, and therefore, it will end up less damaged.

Our advice is to go with highlights with darker hair because you will damage it less. If your hair is natural and healthy, then you can try balayage as well.


Balayage is a better option because it doesn’t affect your roots, and you can grow it out naturally without it looking messy. You can redo your balayage if you want to, but you don’t have to in many cases.

You can use purple shampoo to keep your color looking fresh and vibrant, and therefore you buy some time before coloring your hair again.


On the other hand, you can’t grow your highlights naturally because they touch your roots, and they can look messy and worn out. You should repeat highlights more often if you want them to look good on you.

You should ask your hairstylist and follow our tips before deciding which hair technique is best for you and your hair. Looking good is, of course, important, but you should take care of your hair as well and keep the damage to the minimum.

Does balayage affect roots?

No, balayage is a technique that doesn’t touch your roots, and it is done from the higher middle part of your hair towards the ends.

This is one of the biggest pros of balayage because it won’t look unnatural and bad when your hair grows out. 

A good hairstylist should apply the balayage only to the surface of your hair strands and blend them with your natural hair. In that way, it looks toned and blended.

A good hairstylist is essential because you don’t want a harsh transition between your natural hair and the lighter part. A bad balayage doesn’t look attractive and tasty.

Balayage is a softer, more natural method than dying and highlights. If you have natural hair and you would like a slight change, you should try balayage.

How long does a balayage last?

Your balayage can last until your new hair has completely grown out if you take care of it and you don’t want touch-ups. Usually, girls whose hair grows quicker do it every 6-8 months when they want a fresh look.

You should avoid bleaching your hair for at least 3-4 months so that it does not become tangled and brittle. Your hair needs to recover before you color it again fully, and you should pay extra attention to it after bleach.

Does balayage fade away?

Yes, the lighter colors can fade or become yellowish if you don’t use purple shampoo. This shampoo is designed to tone your hair and keep your color fresh.

If you want to prolong your appointment, then you should use purple shampoo. You should use it 2-3 times a month, and you will see the results.

It would be best if you didn’t use it every time you wash your hair, and it shouldn’t replace your regular shampoo. You still need a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to properly clean and hydrate your hair.

Conclusion: Does balayage damage your hair?

Like all chemical hair treatments, Balayage damages your hair to some degree. However, regular dye and highlights touch your roots, and it can affect your new hair, and balayage starts from the middle of your hair.

If you have thin, brittle hair, you should first recover it before opting for a hair technique. Talk to your hairstylist and see which is the best fit depending on your hair’s color, texture, and condition.

Balayage is a better option for those who have healthy natural hair, and they want a subtle, natural change that will look beautiful.

In order to achieve this and wear your balayage for longer than eight months, you should use a leave-in conditioner, hair masks, and oils. 

If you have balayage, you should also use purple/silver shampoo so that the color does not fade away.

We hope this blog post has shed some light on balayage and has helped you choose the right hair technique for you. If you want to learn more about balayage on dyed hair, check out our blog post about that topic.

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