Balayage/Ombre hair maintenance

I want to talk to you about something a little different today then my usual makeup posts, for anyone who has balayage or ombre hair I hope this post will be helpful in some way!

Being blonde is hard work but I don’t regret it, I had been one colour for years and I just got so bored of it, I had been trying to go lighter for a few years and after a few disasters I am finally happy with my hair now. I actually got it all done in America when I went last year by a lady who was fab and completely knew what I wanted and how to actually Balayage, I find it so hard where I live to find people who know what they are doing, but luckily My current stylist is great though and now I can actually let my natural hair grow and it still look Nice and its also less work as I don’t have to keep getting my roots touched up, all I have to do now is tone and also get the blonde sections re done when they actually need re doing but that will be a while off  yet.

So this brings me to my post today I want to show you what I use to help Maintain my blonde locks and what helps me save a few trips to the hair salon. with advice from my current stylist I have been toning my hair at home and I’m loving the results.


This is the toner I like to use, Its Loreal Dialight in 10:12 frosty pearl milkshake, When my blonde starts to fade it becomes very brassy and I need the ash to cancel out the brass and this has the right amount of violet/blue I need. I get the matching Loreal developer in 6vol. I buy both the colour and developer from Sally’s.


left Is the before and right is the after

such a difference huh? I find my middle section gets brassy the quickest so I leave the toner on longer for the middle and a few minutes on the ends, everyone’s hair is different and this is what my stylist recommended for me.

I mix half a tube of colour with 37.5ml of developer for the middle section

I mix the other half of colour with 75ml developer for the ends, my ends are more blonde so I literally have to keep an eye on it till I’m happy with the results.

Here are the shampoo and conditioners I like to use In between.

shampoo 15

Left – Right

Loreal professional colour corrector cream for blondes (its basically a CC cream for hair)

Joico Color Balance Blue shampoo (this is actually recommend for brunettes which I thought was really handy as I haven’t seen many blue based shampoos)

Joico color endure violet shampoo (smells lovely and sulfate free)

Shimmering Lights blonde and silver shampoo

Catwalk TIGI fashionista violet shampoo


I like to use the shampoos and then use a moisturising conditioner as these purple shampoos can be really drying on my hair but they are worth it as I feel like they help to maintain the blonde in between salon visits, My favourite’s are the CC cream this is a conditioner but  it actually feels like a toner its so pigmented, I also love the Joico ones and shimmer lights, I’ve heard the more purple and pigmented the shampoo/conditioner is the better it will be, as you can see they are all pretty similar in colour. Its amazing what a purple shampoo can do for blonde hair, and if you haven’t got one I would really recommend investing in one.

I have actually been using the olaplex no3 at home treatment and I’ve noticed the difference in the condition of my hair, for anyone who is blonde or thinking of going lighter I would really recommend asking your stylist or salon about olaplex, Its made a huge difference in my hair already, and having healthier hair makes colour look better and also last longer.

If anyone has any questions leave them below, I am no way a professional and I always ask my Stylist before I do anything to my hair, But I thought this might be helpful to others.

Thanks for reading





    • xkassx
      9th May 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks Hun, I know I love being lighter in the summer 🙂 when I go back to America next year I think I’m going to get her to re do it and make it blonder at the top xx

  1. 9th May 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Love this post it is exactly the kind of the review I’ve been looking for. My hair is ombred blonde and tends to go brassy after a while too! Where is best to buy the L’oreal toner from if you don’t mind me asking? 🙂

    Tash x

    • xkassx
      9th May 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you tash, I think every girl who goes blonde needs some tips On how to maintain, I know I did. I should have mentioned that in my post I’ve now edited it, but I get the toner and developer from Sally’s 🙂 have a flick through the colour chart book and see what shade you might need but I think loreal dia light is an amazing toner and easy to use.

  2. 21st May 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Gorgeous! I have a balyage going so I am going to try this out! Mine tends to get brassy after awhile too. Thanks!

    • xkassx
      21st May 2016 / 6:47 pm

      You are very welcome, hope it’s helpful in some way, I do love being blonde but it is a lot of maintenance sometimes x

  3. Madara
    27th September 2016 / 8:20 pm

    For how long time you kept colour?
    I am planning to colour tomorrow morning but was wondering if 6VOL developer will be strong enough to colour my hair light. I have no knowledge about these developers at all!

    And why you mixed the other half of colour with 75ml developer for the ends? Will ir came out more lighter?


    • xkassx
      27th September 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Urm I can’t help on the developer I’m
      Afraid I was just told by my hairdresser to get 6vol I would say that or 9, but I leave It on until I’m Happy with it as I like Mine ashy but it depends how blonde you are, it doesn’t lighten it just tones and brightens the colour you already have. And the reason I do a different mixture on the ends is because it’s lighter so it doesn’t need to be as strong I get more brassyness in the middle so it needs a different formula hope that makes sense lol

  4. Eva
    7th November 2017 / 10:52 am

    I think this is exactly what I need for my hair. My hair looks just like your before picture. How long do you keep yours on? I know you say you keep an eye on it but roughly just so I can have it as a guide time. Thanks for this tip !

    • xkassx
      9th November 2017 / 12:33 am

      About 5-10 mins 🙂

  5. Lauren Jones
    2nd February 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Hi there,

    This was so helpful thank you! Does your hair lighten if you accidentally get the toning mixture on your natural brown hair? Im worried I will get some of the mixture on my roots and they will go from brown to orange!

    Thank you 🙂 x

    • xkassx
      22nd February 2018 / 11:33 pm

      hiya, no it wont change or colour your natural hair, it will only tone it if anything, It would just make my brown look more ashy which I liked. x

  6. Marlaina Mancini
    24th July 2018 / 4:11 am

    What’s your root color? Also very nice post! Very informational!

    • xkassx
      6th August 2018 / 3:09 pm

      This was my natural root colour and then just bleached and lightened on the ends 🙂

  7. 16th August 2018 / 1:22 am

    This is such a helpful informative post!

    Aftercare is so important.

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