20 Reasons Balayage Hair Is the Highlighting Technique You Need
Spoiler Alert: This hair color makes everyone look red carpet ready
"It's becoming a classic, especially for brunettes who want to go lighter," Papanikolas says. Balayage technique is a freehand-painted highlight, which doesn't require the use of a foil. In other words, your stylist has artistic license to add highlights wherever they will look best -- which is why it's important to team up with a balayage hair expert, according to Papanikolas.
"A really beautiful balayage has a lot of dimension and contrast," says Papanikolas. "The highlights should frame the face and naturally blend with the color of your hair."
Even The universally flattering balayage highlights complement everyone's skin tone and current hair color. better, it's surprisingly low-maintenance. Because the highlights are freely painted and sporadically applied throughout your mane, this technique doesn't require monthly root touchups and gives your hair recovery time in-between bleaching sessions. In fact, Papanikolas says women can get away with balayage touchups twice a year if they're going for that effortless look. Otherwise, every three months will do. "Obviously if you want a lighter balayage and you're starting dark, you'll have to come in for a couple treatments," Papanikolas says. "If you're naturally light, you'll probably only need one session."
If you're thinking about hopping on the balayage bandwagon, we've got your balayage hair inspo covered. Here, 20 gorgeous balayage looks that will take any dull 'do to the next level.
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