I think most of us are finally ready to move on from ombre hair color, or at least find a fresh alternative when it comes to brightening up our hair and faces. Well here's a new idea for you: babylights, super-finely woven streaks inspired by the natural highlights babies' hair gets from the sun.
Have you looked at a baby or toddler's hair up-close lately? (I get to pretty much every day.) Then you might have noticed how magical the color is-almost like every individual strand is a slightly different shade. Somehow the sun stops having this effect as we grow older, and we start going to the salon to add dimension to our color.
Now, the trend is to try and recreate those natural baby highlights at the salon, with what some pros are now calling 'babylights'. 'Babylights are delicate, white-blonde highlights created using a very fine color technique to mimic that baby-blonde hue,' says master colorist and co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salon Joel Warren. 'My clients often bring in photos of their children for inspiration, asking me to make their color look that fresh and natural. The result is subtle but beautiful.' The trick is to paint strands only a few at a time, so you might be sitting in that salon chair for ages (like I did recently)-but hey, we're used to suffering for beauty.
The best part: Babylights are meant to be low-maintenance, just like ombre (which is part of what's made that hair color trend has been so appealing). 'Because of the soft handed/baby fine weave, the highlighted roots are almost skewed or softened into the natural color as the hair grows,' says L'Oreal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill. 'If you want to maintain a babylight look, try not to color hair or make appointments too close together. Keeping the consistency of the look requires more root than a normal highlight retouch. Spreading your appointments out and making sure you're not coloring the same hair will help keep this subtle look perfectly maintained.'
What do you think? Do you find the idea of babylights intriguing?
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