Ever heard of balayage? It’s the foremost trend for highlighting hair. It’s name derives from the French word meaning “to sweep.” It’s also considered a form of hair painting. It can be done in various different application forms. I’ve been researching it lately, and was excited to try it on my sister when she mentioned she wanted a “subtle and natural looking change.” Because her hair is incredibly thick, I did it in two parts. I did the bottom two-thirds of her hair one night, and the top third the next so we didn’t have to deal with the bottom portion being fully processed by the time we started the top. I used Clairol 7th Stage, which is incredibly effective at lifting hair using only a 20 volume developer.
Sabrina hates drastic change, so I started the highlights farther away from the roots than I typically do when I foil hair. I also applied the bleach to smaller sections. This helps to eliminate a line of demarkation, making the hair look sun-kissed rather than highlighted. I also blended the highlights into ends of her hair, which were already lighter from highlights a few years ago. This created the “sombre” affect, or the “soft ombre.” I also focused a few highlights in closer proximity to her face to brighten up her complexion.
I didn’t create a tutorial for this, because it can be done so many ways and there are many great youtube videos to help you decide what you want. This is what her hair looked like after I applied the bleach to the top third of her hair.
Again, Sabrina and I both love the natural looking results.
Sabrina also started a cute blog you can check out here.
Have a great weekend!