Want to get in on the balayage trend but don’t want to rock blonde locks? No problem! Introducing the latest hair color trend: cool-toned balayage. This multi-dimensional hair color is perfect for those with dark locks (we’re looking at you, brunettes). Here’s everything you need to know about switching up your beauty look with balayage that has a cool-toned twist.
WHAT IS COOL-TONED BALAYAGE HAIR?
Cool-toned balayage is a new low-maintenance hair color trend specifically for those with dark brown or black hair. Instead of having blonde pieces throughout your mane, as you would with traditional balayage, this balayage technique involves subtly lightening strands within your hair for a barely noticeable highlight that adds just enough dimension. After placing these highlights, the hair is toned for an even subtler effect.
HOW TO GET COOL-TONED BALAYAGE HAIR
Want to rock this look for yourself? Since this hair color trend involves the strategic placement of highlights and toning to ensure it provides subtle, natural-looking dimension, it’s best to go to a professional colorist to ensure the results are customized to your hair color, length, and shape.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF COOL-TONED BALAYAGE HAIR
To take care of this cool hair color, swap your go-to hair care line for a shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment that are safe for color-treated hair. This will keep your color looking fresh and your hair healthy. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
HOW TO STYLE COOL-TONED BALAYAGE HAIR
Of course, you’ll want to style your new hair color in a way that’s equally as trendy as this technique. Luckily, we have a few quick and easy hairstyles that are just as low-maintenance and envy-worthy as cool-toned balayage hair.
Hairstyle #1: Messy Bun
There’s no hairstyle that’s more carefree than a messy bun. Whether you’re going to the gym or a lunch date with your girlfriends, this ultra-easy style is perfect for when you want to get your locks out of your face.
Editor’s note: Rusty on your messy bun skills? Check out our article, How to Create a Messy Bun, for a step-by-step tutorial.
Hairstyle #2: Loose Curls
Loose curls are always a stunning option for showing off balayage hair, and a cool-toned balayage color is no exception. Spray a heat protectant throughout your mane before using a wide-barreled curling iron to create large, loose curls. Then, use a wide tooth comb to gently comb through your curls and loosen them even more. Finish the look with a few spritzes of a hairspray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold with UV filter for Color-Treated Hair, that's formulated for color-treated hair.
Rather skip the heat? You can still get the look. Simply spray the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray throughout towel-dried hair, braid, and allow your hair to dry. Once your hair is dry, remove the braid to reveal loose, effortless waves.
Hairstyle #3: Bedhead
Don’t want to spend time styling your hair? Rock a messy bedhead hairstyle. Simply work a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty through your mane to define your hair and add texture.
Hairstyle #4: Fishtail Braid
If you want your hair out of your face but are looking for a style that’s a little more intricate than a messy bun, a fishtail braid is the style for you. This braid is seriously gorgeous—not to mention simple to create. Don’t believe us? See for yourself by reading our article, Our Easy Fishtail Braid Tutorial.
Hairstyle #5: Au Naturale
Why put in all that effort when you can let your hair do the work for you? Embrace your natural hair texture to complement this natural-looking hair color. Of course, going natural doesn't mean forgoing hair care and styling products. Head over to our article, How to Embrace Your Natural Hair Texture, for everything you need to know.
Want more balayage hair color inspiration? Check out our article, The 5 Trendiest Balayage Ideas for 2018.