How-To: Create Balayage Caramel Highlights

Written by Redken TeamSep 10, 2021

Read time 5 min


Caramel Highlights before Caramel Highlights After

Source: Courtesy of Redken 

Redken Brand Ambassador Philip Foresto (@philipforesto) knows that his clients express themselves through their hair. And so he takes pride in creating a tailor-made approach for each guest, and his client Pritika was no exception. She came in with beautiful level 4 virgin hair, and Philip gave her the caramel highlights of her dreams. Check out how he created Pritika’s look below.

Lightener Formula:

Flash Lift Bonder Inside Lightener + 30-volume Pro-Oxide Developer 


Lightener Technique:

Balayage in Foils

  • Section hair into four quadrants starting at the nape of the neck and working up the back of the head. 
  • Take diagonal back sub-sections and create large weaves with a soft backcomb. 
  • Paint the hair and then secure between two foils.
  • Then, move towards the front of the head, starting with the temple areas, and work with a pie section up the head to the natural part. Use a large weave and soft tease at each section. Paint the hair and then secure between two foils.
  • Process at room temperature for up to 50 minutes. 
  • Rinse and shampoo thoroughly.

Shades EQ Gloss Formula:

2oz. 06NB + 2oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution

  • Apply globally.
  • Process for 20 minutes.


Haircare and Styling:

  • Shampoo and condition with Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • Prep damp hair for bouncy curls with Big Blowout.
  • Once dry, finish with Oil For All for incredible shine.
  • To ensure a prolonged style, add some Deep Clean Dry Shampoo in the part line and around the face.
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