Hair Colouring

How to nail beachy balayage – the hair color trend for everyone

Sunkissed hair (Picture: Getty)

Balayage hair will always be in, given how low maintenance it is to do.

For those who like to switch up their hair and then do absolutely nothing to it afterwards, balayage is the perfect ‘lazy girl’ hair style.

Perfect for summer as it gives a beachy sunkissed look, it also works well as a transitional style between seasons.

Tyler Moore, expert stylist at Live True, says: ‘A beachy balayage is a luxuriously golden, sun kissed shade, and is one of our most requested styles at Live True London.

‘We love it for its subtle, blended and gorgeous result, and unlike highlights, the color is painted freehand onto the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, resulting in a more natural and sun kissed look that is perfect for summer.’

Who does balayage suits?

Tyler says: ‘To get the beachy balayage look, book in for a consultation with your stylist first and ask for a sun kissed blonde balayage.

‘You can then discuss what tones and specific styles will suit you.’

For some people, honeyed tones will be light enough, while others may go for more for a bleach blonde depending on their coloring and natural hair tone.

Tyler adds: ‘This look can be adjusted for most hair colours, so you can achieve this look regardless of if you’re blonde or brunette, making it a pretty achievable style for people.’

How hard is it to maintain?

Balayage is lower maintenance than highlights, as you won’t notice root regrowth – this is part of the look.

Tyler says: ‘If you’re looking for a “one and done” summer colour, this is the one for you.’

You could leave it six months before topping up the color, and to combat any brassiness just use a toner, like this Olaplex one.

balayage hair

‘Lazy girl’ hair color (Picture: Getty)

Does this color style damage hair?

Bleach dries hair out, as we all know, but balayage is one of the less damaging hair color trends – mainly because it dyes less hair.

Tyler says: ‘Because the aim is for a natural just-been-to-the-beach colour, the hair usually doesn’t need to be lifted as much, meaning a more subtle result and potentially less hair damage.

It’s important to treat colored hair correctly to ensure your color remains vibrant and lasts longer.

Ensure you use color protecting shampoo and conditioner, such as the Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner, to protect against fading.

It’s also essential to use heat protectant products to avoid heat damage, as this can further strip your hair of its color.

‘We love the Redken Argan-6 Oil to keep your hair damage-free.’

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