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Can balayage be done in one sitting?

Balayage, with its reputation for delivering beautifully blended highlights and sun-kissed hues, often prompts the question: Can balayage be achieved in one sitting? Let’s look at the considerations and possibilities surrounding this query, shedding light on what can realistically be accomplished in a single appointment at the salon.

Desired Result

The feasibility of achieving balayage in one sitting largely depends on the desired result. For clients seeking subtle dimension and a natural-looking sun-kissed effect, a single session may suffice. However, those aiming for a more dramatic transformation, such as going from dark to platinum blonde, may require multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcome.

Starting Point

Another crucial factor is the starting point of the hair. Is the hair virgin, already coloured, or perhaps very dark? Balayage is generally more achievable on lighter or virgin hair, as the lightener can lift more easily without the need for extensive pre-lightening. On the other hand, if the hair is heavily dyed or very dark, achieving balayage in one sitting may be more challenging and could require additional sessions.

Health of Hair

The health of the hair also plays a significant role in determining whether balayage can be done in one sitting. Healthy, well-maintained hair is more receptive to the colouring process and can withstand multiple lightening treatments without becoming overly damaged. However, if the hair is already compromised due to previous chemical treatments or excessive heat styling, achieving balayage in one session may not be advisable to avoid further damage.

Time Availability

Time constraints, both for the client and the stylist, are essential considerations when determining whether balayage can be completed in one sitting. While most balayage sessions can be accomplished in roughly three hours, this timeline may vary depending on factors such as the length and thickness of the hair, the complexity of the desired outcome, and the skill level of the stylist. Clients with limited time availability may need to schedule multiple sessions to achieve their desired result gradually in the event the work needed is more significant.


Budget considerations also come into play when discussing the feasibility of delivering a balayage in one sitting. Achieving certain colour goals, such as going significantly lighter or correcting uneven tones, may require additional products and treatments, increasing the overall cost of the service and time. Clients with budget constraints may opt for a phased approach, spreading the cost of balayage over multiple appointments to achieve their desired result while staying within their budgetary limits.

Conclusion: Finding the Right Approach

In conclusion, while balayage is more often than not achieved in one sitting for clients with certain hair types and desired outcomes, it’s essential to consider various factors such as the starting point of the hair, its health, time availability, and budget constraints. By discussing these considerations with a skilled stylist at Wisteria Avenue, clients can develop a tailored plan that aligns with their goals and ensures a successful balayage experience. Whether achieved in one session or multiple appointments, balayage remains a versatile and stunning hair colouring technique that can enhance your natural beauty and elevate your style.

Opening Hours

Tuesday : 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday : 11:30 am – 8 pm 
Thursday : 11:30 am – 8 pm
Friday : 10 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday : 9 am – 5 pm


Wisteria Avenue Hair Salon
4 East St. Helen Street,
OX14 5EA


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