If you want to update your hair for the season ahead, but don’t fancy chopping your locks into a new style, how about a brand-new color to spice up your strands? Forget the humble highlight and lowlight, and try a cool new trend to give your hair a natural, more modern feel instead. Read on for the four new ways to upgrade your hair this summer.
When it comes to makeup, we’re all a bit contoured out, but how about trying some contouring with hair color instead? Katie Allan, Creative Manager and Color Expert at Charles Worthington Salons in London, believes it’s the perfect way to give shape to the face and enhance cheekbones you didn’t even know you had. How does it work? “Light and dark tones are carefully applied to specific areas of your hair,” she explains. “Maybe a few superfine streaks around the hairline, combined with a richer color throughout the rest of your hair, and this creates shadow and depth to flatter and alter your face shape.”
Heard of balayage? Well, according to Allan, layage is 2016’s newer, cooler, better technique. Also known as fluid hair painting, it’s all the rage in salons in Europe and involves hand-painting color onto hair on a large flat board. It’s much more precise and controlled than traditional balayage techniques and gives an even more natural-looking blended color.
Forget the hard solid line of ombré; rooting is a new update on this technique that makes your hair color look more natural by smudging the line between darker roots and lighter lengths and ends. “This kind of natural, blended-looking hair is always my vibe and the foundation of what I do,” says one of Hollywood’s most sought-after colorists, Tracey Cunningham, who regularly visits Dubai’s Belle Femme Salon. “This is the perfect technique to get that much-desired look that works so well on celebs like Lily Aldridge and Khloé Kardashian,” she adds.
Say goodbye to highlights, because this new technique (a favorite of Gisele’s) will make your hair look permanently sunlit. “I definitely see babylights being a big hit this year,” says Cunningham. “They really help to soften up darker shades of hair.” The process involves illuminating the focal point of your haircut with lighter shades. Just like makeup strobing, the lighter color is painted onto the hair where the light naturally hits, usually the top section along your parting and around your face.