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What is Hair Painting? Everything You Need to Know About This Hair Color Technique

Hair Color Trends

What is Hair Painting? Everything You Need to Know About This Hair Color Technique What is Hair Painting? Everything You Need to Know About This Hair Color Technique What is Hair Painting? Everything You Need to Know About This Hair Color Technique

From balayage to ombré, we’ve come across plenty of hair color techniques that can be used to lighten up our locks, but we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to transform our tresses. Hair painting—also known as palm painting—is the latest technique to catch our attention, not to mention, one of the biggest hair color trends right now. With so many highlighting options to choose from, you may be wondering what hair painting is and whether or not you should incorporate the trend into your look. Well, let’s find out! Here’s everything you need to know:


Hair painting is a hair highlighting technique that involves using your hands to get natural looking highlights, hence why it’s sometimes referred to as palm painting. As opposed to balayage, there are no strict rules on where the highlights should be placed. The hair color is painted onto the colorist’s (gloved) palms and then spread onto your strands in larger sections, leaving you with soft highlights that blend naturally into your hair without the risk of demarcation lines.


So, you’re totally intrigued and want to get this stunning hair color—we’ve got you covered! Since there’s no strict placement involved in this hair coloring technique, it may be a highlight option that is best left to a professional colorist. With their trained eye, they’ll know the best places to lighten your hair for natural-looking highlights. If you do want to get this look at home, invest in a hair color bleach to lighten your strands. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in Highlights.


Now that you’re in possession of beautiful new highlights, you should take care of your locks in order to maintain the look. Using a hair care system that’s safe for color treated hair is key to keeping your mane healthy and also keeping your color intact. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Repair Remedy Balm.


To really take care of your locks, take a break from the heat! Use a heat protectant to protect your colored strands each time you reach for your blow-dryer, curling iron, and straightener. Even better, skip the heat all together with these quick and easy heat free hairstyles that will show off your new highlights.

HAIRSTYLE IDEA #1: Heatless waves

There’s no better way to strut your stuff with freshly highlighted hair than to add some wave into your mane! Soft, loose waves will showcase the dimension of your highlights. Use a heat free wave spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, to define your hair’s natural shape and create effortless style. For waves with extra definition, braid your hair after spraying the product onto damp locks. Once your hair dries and you take out your braid, you’ll be left with gorgeous, soft waves!

HAIRSTYLE IDEA #2: The half-up top knot

We love a classic top knot hairstyle. They’re super easy to do and extremely relaxed. The only issue is, you don’t want to be putting your newly highlighted hair into a bun, effectively hiding it away. That’s where the half-up top knot comes in. It’s just as easy but there’s one major upside—everyone can get a better peek at your highlights! To get the look, start by spraying your hair with wave spray. Then, split your hair into two sections by dividing your hair at the tops of your ears. Then, take the top section of hair and twist it into a top knot. There you have it! A simple yet stylish ‘do.


Another great way to showcase your highlighted hair is to put it into a braid. A fishtail braid offers just the right amount of intricacy to show off the dimension of your new hair color. If you’re a little rusty on your braiding skills, head over to Our Easy Fishtail Braid Tutorial.

Ready to learn about another hair color technique? Next up: Everything You Need to Know About the Drip Dye Hair Color Technique.