Summer is here and so is blonde hair!
There are a few ways to go about getting this look -- Balayage, Ombre, Foiling, or All-over High-lift blonde, just to name a few.
Balayage is painting the color or lightener on the hair. Depending upon the lightness you are looking for and the contrast that presents itself, you are likely to want to do a root shade to blend the base color with the level of light blonde so that it gradually blends into the highlight. When lifting more than five levels, you may not always be able to get it done in one session. For the health of your hair, we recommend using Olaplex. It rebinds the hair fibers to reduce damage during the lifting process. Dont be in a rush to see blonde; it take more than one appointment in some cases. So, if recommended, do it twice. You'll be happy you did, and your hair will too.
Ombre is similar to Balayage, but it id mostly directed to the bottom of your cut. Ombre is done to look like your highlights have grown out. Generally you would like to keep the color of your Ombre toward a more natural tone, but sunbeaten. Besides the blonde though, ombre looks good with fashion colors in it. Its not too much and you can lift those ends until they are up. Because its off the scalp and instead on the ends of your hair, the process takes the stress away from your scalp.
Foil highlighting creates a finer effect. Its weaved in so that your natural color and the light blonde mesh together. You will want to keep as much of your natural color as a back drop to the lighter pieces, and with foils, you'll want to get closer to the root for a more natural look. The foils hold in the heat so you have more control over the lifting process than you do with Balayage or Ombre. Foiling also makes it easier to do lowlights or any other color in between the foils. You dont get that kind of control with painted highlights. With foils, applying darker colors to the hair is easier than painting dark colors on light hair. The process makes it easier to change tones or add multiple tones.
For all over blondes, you could go one of two ways: (1) high-lift color or (2) using a lightener. With more natural blondes or people with shorter hair, you have a better chance of achieving a Marilyn Monroe blonde. For those in the natural blonde family or have shorter yet darker hair, you can go the way of double process. Its not as popular as it used to be, but it is the best way to get the most striking blonde. Its also a look you must be ready for ---- with great blonde comes great responsibility! Enjoy your summer, blondies!
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