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Contemplating a new hair color? Say goodbye to the dark hues that were so popular this winter and look on the lighter side. But instead of becoming totally fair-haired, opt for lightening just the ends of your hair with a low maintenance balayage style. Below, get the lowdown on what balayage is and find all the balayage styles you need on your radar for summer 2017. Who knows—this summer hair color fling might just become your permanent style.
Balayage is the highlighting trend of the moment—even more so than the ombré that has been so popular for the last few years. The term actually comes from a French word, meaning “to sweep.” This accurately describes the technique used, where color is literally swept onto strands. Bleach is applied lightly at the tops and only more saturated on the ends. This helps prevent highlights from looking streaky or choppy. Balayage is also differentiated from other methods of dyeing because it is traditionally done freehand, without foils used to separate the highlights.
There are quite a few reasons why you should consider opting for a balayage dye job. For starters, colorists are able to brush on the color exactly how you’d like and in the perfect way to suit your face and skin tone. Another big bonus is that because the color doesn’t reach the roots, there’s no awkward growing out phase. In fact, you can go months without needing to touch up your tresses. Tempting, right?
Now that we’ve convinced you to try this highlighting technique, learn how to do it right.
1. Visit a stylist. Balayage is not the easiest hair dyeing technique. Since highlights are painted on, it requires an artist’s precision to get them just right. This also means it can be seriously time consuming. It’s one style where it is almost always better to go to a salon. Bring pictures of your favorite celebrities rocking lightened locks, and a professional colorist will be able to expertly emulate them in a way that will work for you. Also, keep in mind that if you’re starting with a dark base color, it could take multiple sessions, as well as bleaching, to achieve the lightened look you desire.
2. Update your shampoo and conditioner. Dyed hair needs special attention. Stick to using a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner.
3. Help prevent brassiness. If you’ve ever colored your hair blonde before, then you know that it has the tendency to turn brassy. Think about using the system of L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment to help neutralize unwanted brassiness.
It’s time to get in on the balayage fun this season! Here are some pretty takes on this highlighting trend.
1. Dip dye: After getting balayage highlights, give your color a major update by dip dyeing it. This style refers to hair that looks as if it’s literally been dipped in a color. Pick a vibrant hue from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color line and apply it onto the previously lightened portions of your locks.
2. Bob: Short hair, don’t care. Add balayage highlights to the ends of your bob to spice up your style. Bleaching just the tips of shoulder length strands can help make any short cut seem more youthful and stylish.
3. Blonde: Do blondes have more fun? Summer’s the season to find out! For a dramatic change, paint on lots of blonde highlights, ranging from golden to platinum. Pair with any base color for a brightened, sunny look.
4. Caramel: Look like eye candy with super-sweet caramel highlights. Mixing caramel color with brunette hair can offer a boost of warmth.
5. Subtle: Soft and understated highlights can add definition to hair without looking unnatural. Ask your colorist for a balayage shade that’s just one or two lighter than your natural color.