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The Best At-Home Hair Dye for DIY Balayage

Not just any hair color kit will do when you want a result this complex.
November 01, 2022

The balayage hair color trend may have started in the 1970s, but the highlighting technique had a major renaissance in the late 2010s and it seems to show no signs of slowing down. We love it because it takes traditional highlights to the next level, offering a more natural progression of hair color change that looks sun-kissed and beautiful. 

For years, professional colorists have warned beauty enthusiasts against trying this complex hair highlighting technique on their own. Because balayage highlights are done by sweeping on the hair color freehand, it can go really wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. So this process was considered best left to the pros — until now. 

With more and more people taking their hair care, hairstyling and even hair color into their own hands (literally), it only made sense that DIY balayage became a thing. And to do it the right way you need the right kit: Enter the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage At-Home Highlighting Kit

Keep reading to learn more about this at-home balayage hair dye kit that lets you master the old pro technique right from the comfort of your bathroom. Get ready to bid farewell to that hefty salon bill and say hello to gorgeous, dimensional highlights that you can be proud to say you did yourself.

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What You Need to Balayage Your Hair at Home

Along with your L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage At-Home Highlighting Kit (which comes with gloves, an applicator brush, and all the hair color components), be sure to grab these necessities for a seamless hair color process:

Claw clips

A comb

Color safe mixing bowl


A friend or someone to help if you’re a novice


The Best Hair Color Kit for At-Home Balayage

Because balayage can be difficult to do with a permanent hair color kit meant for all-over color, it’s important to reach for a kit specifically designed for these types of highlights. L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage comes equipped with a precision applicator that includes inner bristles that hold onto the formula to saturate the hair, and outer bristles that help detangle and evenly distribute the color.

This easy at home color kit also includes a pro toning mask enriched with dyes to help you soften your roots and tone your highlights for a natural-looking effect. You won’t have a harsh line of demarcation where your roots end and your highlights begin. It’ll just be a perfect blend of hair color with the sort of natural progression you get when the sun lightens your hair over time. The point is to get a result that rivals what you get at the salon, so no one would ever know you did your own balayage — unless you tell them. 

Available in three shades — Light to Dark Blonde, Dark Blonde to Light Brown, Light Brown to Brown —  L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage At-Home Highlighting Kit is ideal for blonde and brunette hair.

How Do I Balayage My Own Hair?

Of course the simple answer to this is to use the right at-home hair color kit — L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage At-Home Highlighting Kit. But beyond that, you want to be sure to follow the steps included in the box. 

We also recommend having a friend or someone you trust help you through the process, especially if you anticipate having trouble completing the back of your head. For more tips and a step-by-step tutorial, read our article, How to Balayage Your Hair at Home

Next: What Is Reverse Balayage?

Photographer: Chaunte VaughnArt Director: Hannah Packer, Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Mirna Jose, Hair Assistant: Keila Rivera, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Model: Zlata Semenko

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