A9e8979deec798a662c7 balayage

The allure of natural-looking highlights is endless. We all crave a “woke up like this” or “just got back from St. Barth’s” sun-kissed look and for good reason. Natural-looking highlights complement any color, cut or style. They are less upkeep than traditional highlights and can be created to enhance your already stunning natural hair color. Many of us can still remember squeezing lemon or “Sun-In” into our strands, hoping for lighter locks and while the desire hasn’t changed, one good thing is that the innovation has. 

Coloring techniques and education have evolved over the years to give stylists the tools to create effortless natural-looking highlights and its called balayage

Starting in France in the 70s, balayage made its debut on the scene and became a staple in many salons around the world in the 90s. In the late 90s education started expanding for this technique as Southern California became a hotspot for the quintessential beachy color. Fast forward to today and balayage has become something clients ask for by name. With a return to low-maintenance, natural-looking styles it is more important than ever to brush up on the latest balayage techniques. 

As popularity continues to surmount, MATRIX is thrilled to announce the first-ever National Balayage Week taking place the week of August 17th. With events throughout the week, the brand will be paying tribute to the technique with free virtual classes for hairstylists across the country. With tips and tricks for optimal color results to maintaining the look at home with the MATRIX Total Results Collection, this is a week of free education not to be missed. #NationalBalayageWeek

The Classes:

*All Classes are taking place at 1:00 PM EST

Monday, August 17th

Artistic Ambassador, Eric Vaughn on MATRIX’s Facebook page

Eric will be kicking off National Balayage Week with his signature teasing and Foilayage Techniques

Tuesday, August 18th 

Technical Director, Lenny Strand on Lenny’s Instagram page (@LennyStrand)

For a #TechnicalTuesday Lenny will go through differences in technique, time and texture.

Wednesday, August 19th 

Creative Director, Michelle O’Connor on MATRIX’s Facebook page 

Michelle will show off signature lightening techniques and how to work with different textures.

Thursday, August 20th 

Artistic Director, Danielle Keasling on MATRIX’s Facebook page

Danielle will detail her signature sectioning and balayage techniques.

Friday, August 21st 

MATRIX Regional Educators

Take a peek at technique videos from the brands top educators.


New Products:

Alongside this wonderful lineup, Matrix is excited to announce brand new products that are sure to perfect your balayage results. 

  • Light Master Bonder Inside: Now 8 levels of lift with the power of bonder inside. The bonding agent is citric acid and eliminates a step for the stylist. This product can be used with Light Master clay and oil additives for adjustable techniques.
  • Color Sync Level 11 Toners: Our lightest toners ever! They provide seamless results from scalp to ends for levels 10 and higher. Available in 11A, 11V, 11P and 11N.
  • Color Sync Sheer Acidic Brunette Toners: The acidic toners everyone loved now available for brunettes! This deposit only formula allows for a sheer dimensional result on your brunette clients. They are gentle on sensitized hair with minimized swelling on the cuticle. Now available in matte, ash, neutral and mocha.
  • Color Sync Upgraded Sheer Pastel Toners: Your favorite Sheer Pastel toners now with Cool + technology. These are long-lasting toners that stay true to tone for up to 25 washes. The color stays cool and fades cool. Available in SPA, SPV, SPP and SPN.

Stay tuned for even more color education, techniques & tips!