Balayage and babylights are the hottest hair highlighting trends of the season. Both these hair streaking techniques lend a rich depth and dimension to your natural hair color and leave you with a perfect, sun-kissed look. Most importantly, both are long-lasting gradient hair color techniques and therefore perfect for those of us who don't have the time to run to the salon every 3-4 weeks for touch-ups.
Actually not that recent a technique, balayage was developed by French hair colorists in the 70s. This freehand hair streaking technique gives a more natural spin to the traditional foil-and-cap hair coloring method and comprises the application of hair color by hand.
The amount of highlight you want to get depends on the length and texture of your hair. You can get individual strands streaked with a brush or only certain hair sections teased first followed by a freehand color on the ends. From soft, natural looking highlights to bold or even punky streaks, you can get your hair highlighted in many different ways. Plus, balayage can be done on all hair lengths, right from the shortest of pixies to the longest of tresses!
Balayage has recently gained a lot of popularity for two reasons: 1. As there is no strong line demarcating hair sections, your hair, especially at the roots, looks more natural as it begins to grow! 2. Balayage is really low maintenance, which means you can flaunt your perfect highlights for at least eight to ten weeks without booking a touch-up appointment at the salon.
Babylights differ from balayage in the technique of hair color application, but produce the same subtle and fresh effect. They borrow their name from the natural, multidimensional hair color seen on children's hair.
Similar to the traditional foil-and-cap hair color application technique, babylights comprise taking very small sections of hair and creating tiny separations between foil patches to blend the streaks with the natural hair color.
You can choose to get a full head of babylights or have specific sections of your hair streaked naturally. In either case, you can rest easy for eight to ten weeks before thinking about a retouch.
Just like balayage, babylights can be done on any hair color, length or type and look as good on blonde hair as they do on red or dark hair.
So now that you've got all the information you need on both the hair highlighting techniques, go ahead and have some fun with your tresses this fall!
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