Curlyage: The Wearable Lightening Technique for Every Style



It’s time to take your coloring technique to the next level. Curlyage is a new spin on the classic balayage technique that is designed for curly or textured hair. Created by Redken Brand Ambassador, #ItTakesAProTeam Artist and texture expert Jamal Edmonds, Curlyage uses Redken color and Mizani styling to achieve a soft, beautiful haircolor blend that your client can wear wherever her style takes her.

Client #1


FORMULA: Flash Lift Bonder Inside with 20 Volume + Shades EQ Bonder Inside 010VV with a drop of 09B

“This technique is different from classic balayage because you can customize it based on texture type. You have to be mindful that the light will reflect differently on straight hair versus textured hair, which makes customized placement of the lightener so important,” says Edmonds. “Curlyage is unique because of the customized placement and focus on protecting the integrity of the curls.”

 In the video below, see how Jamal structures the Curlyage technique in the salon. 


Discover The Curlyage Technique

Client #2


Curlyage Color Tips

When it comes to the Curlyage technique, Edmonds uses a customized approach for each client and their specific hair type and needs.

“There are three factors I keep in mind: density, porosity and elasticity,” explains Edmonds. “These three factors shape where I place the highlights, how I formulate the lightener and what level of developer or lift I use for the lightener formula. My rule of thumb when lightening textured hair is to use a low developer with Flash Lift Bonder Inside and lift slowly. After lightening, I will gloss with Redken Shades EQ Bonder Inside because it helps to seal the cuticle after lightening and provides beautiful shine, tone and conditioning. All of these factors combined and a customized color approach to each client helps me ensure that the integrity of the curl is maintained and the result is beautifully blended, so my clients have the option to wear their hair curly or straight as they please.”


1. Separate the front from the back with a vertical parting from the top of the head to the top of the ear

2. Repeat on the opposite side. Divide the back equally with a vertical parting from the top of the head to the center of the nape, and from the top of the head to the front hairline.

3. Divide the front two sections with a diagonal forward parting starting from the top of the head to the middle of the front section.

Curlyage Styling Tips

If you want to smooth or straighten your client’s hair, Edmonds recommends Press Agent by Mizani. “It is lightweight, and sulfate free so that it will not strip or fade the color. It also provides heat protection to protect the client’s curl pattern making it easy to transition from straight to curly.”

When defining the natural curls, Edmonds always starts styling at the nape using 1 inch sections and layering Press Agent shampoo and conditioner, 25 Miracle Milk, Foam Wrap, and Perfect Coil Gel.