Summer beauty is delicious, isn’t it? The sunshine can gently bronze skin, boost moods and lift our strands with some adorable baby hair highlights dreamily scattered through the front sections of our hair to frame our face.
Truthfully, the way the sun hits just right to subtly brighten those delicate wispy baby hairs that halo our hairline is a natural phenomenon that’s tricky to recreate. But, the good news is, hairstylists have developed techniques to mimic dainty sun-licked strands, before summer has even properly kicked off.
Case in point is the beautiful dimensional hair shade that pro freehand colourist, Frankie Inverarity, created for her client to see her through the season. Posting to her Instagram, Frankie shared a pic she dubbed “hairline summer brights.” In it, the baby hair highlights she hand-applied look so natural, you’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint where exactly Frankie worked her magic.
To do this, she had to employ a softer highlighting technique to keep things looking au naturale. So she combined tactical placement – just sprinkled through the baby hairs at the front – with a babylights application method (go figure), where superfine strands of hair are coloured ultra delicately.
“We used a technique where I lift all the baby hairs in the hairline and gently babylight / micro light around the face, adding some heavy weaves for a contrast of blonde textures.” Frankie explained. It’s an approach that makes the hair appear multi-dimensional because of the gentle wisps of colour that are so micro, they’ll have everyone thinking you were born with it. (No need to tell them otherwise).
The result is a shade that’s pretty, laidback and boho, rather than anything very obvious and intentional. “This gives tonal dimension and depth to summer bright blonde without it looking too bleached or bright, but still makes the hair pop,” says Frankie.
Of course, know by now that effortless-looking hair isn’t always effortless to create, but this one is pretty chill as far as touch-ups go. “Maintenance on these blondes is very low and easy to look after because of the highlighting technique,” explains Frankie, “so no banding and no heavy regrowth.” Which means you can grow it out no probs, or keep on adding to it as you fancy.
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