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Highlights are a wonderful way to add a glowing shimmer to your hair. Here’s all the important information you need to know about going lighter, with some expert advice from Taryn Bloem, L’Oréal Professionnel’s Regional Education Manager.
We love the effect carefully placed highlights can have on a person’s overall look, framing the face and adding luminosity to the hair. But how should highlights be positioned for maximum impact? Taryn explains, “There is absolutely no right or wrong answer to this question as it differs from person to person, but typically the lightest and thickest streaks will be places around the face’s frame, while the roots normally appear slightly darker.” She adds, “The best-looking highlights have both depth and dimension, with highlights that vary in size, colour and intensity. You know you’re in the hands of a master when this is the result of your salon visit.”
There are three distinct techniques colourists employ when highlighting a client’s hair: foil, cap and balayage.
Of all the known techniques, foil application is the most popular as the process gives stylists the freedom to go drastic or create a more blended look. With foils, colour is added in sections and hair is kept separate using individually cut pieces of foil. The second technique requires the use of a perforated cap through which small sections of hair are pulled and colour applied, but the resulting spotty look is now considered harsh and dated. Last, but certainly not least, we have balayage, which Taryn defines as “a freehand technique where colour is painted onto the hair for a glamourous but natural look.”
Over time, it’s inevitable that colour will begin to dull, and regrowth will begin appearing. Taryn advises going for touch-ups at around the nine-week mark, “depending on your hair type and the speed at which it grows.” She adds, “You can also ensure the longevity of your colour by using the correct everyday products, like the L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX range.” You can also opt for a gentle shampoo like Redken’s Blonde Idol for soft, bright and beautiful hair, which you can back up with the Blonde Idol Custom-Tone Gold Conditioner to enhance the interwoven golden tones.Remember, whenever you decide to embrace a new hairstyle or colour, it’s best to employ the services of an industry expert. A fact that proves especially true when it comes to something as artful as highlighting hair
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