Blonder Days Ahead!
With the bright, warm days of summer just around the corner, many people are ready for their hair to match the sunny weather. Social media is already buzzing with this summer’s hottest blonde looks, but how do you know what to ask your stylist for? Read on to learn the differences between our favorite blonding techniques.
Traditional foil highlight:
This blonding process is the OG. In general, you stylist will do a traditional weave with lightener applied and incubated in foils. The main goal is overall lightening of the hair all the way up to the scalp. Recently, stylists have developed trendy ways to create unique twists on this traditional blonding process by doing babylights (taking baby-fine sections of hair to lighten), or tapping out the root to create a shadow-root, lived-in look. Highlights can be a great way to blend grey or create dimension with multiple colors, or your natural base.
This hand-painted technique is one of the most popular avenues for blondes. In contrast to a traditional highlight, balayage doesn’t go all the way up to the root (with the exception of the bright “money pieces” in the front). The lightener is feathered up to create a seamless blend that grows out smoothly with lots of dimension. Many clients love this look because it gives a real sunkissed feel and doesn’t require as much maintenance as a traditional highlight. Since the highlights are hand painted, the process is considered a specialty color and can take longer than a traditional highlight, but you may be able to go longer between appointments.
Bleach and Tone:
This option is typically for solid, platinum/white blondes. The stylist paints lightener directly on the scalp and doesn’t leave any pieces out. The outcome can be completely solid blonde hair, which is then toned to a custom color. Maintenance appointments may come more quickly because of the solid application, but this look is great for blondes who don’t want dimension or to see their natural color.
The Blonding Process:
The name says it all! Often, going blonde takes multiple appointments in order to maintain healthy, strong hair. Factors such as previous hair color, hair condition, and hair length will all factor into how quickly you can go blonde. If you are thinking about going lighter for the warm days ahead, chatting with your stylist is a great place to start! The experienced stylists at bel ami Salon can help you decide what technique is the best option to brighten you up and help you create a blonde look customized to you.
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