Balayage, the technique involving painting sweeping sections of hair lightly with color, has always been a timeless classic when it comes to achieving the quintessentially insouciant and effortless, yet beautiful hair and has been the go-to choice of celebrities for many years.
This dynamic style is ever-evolving and morphing with the flow and trend of hair fashion; stylists at Toni & Guy have come up with an upgrade technique dubbed ‘Palm Printing’ which seeks to achieve a progressive rendition of the traditional Balayage technique, allowing complete free-hand application of color in order to achieve softer blends of hair color.
What with the onset of summer and the azure blues waves of sun-soaked beaches beckoning people to adopt this chic fashion trend, there has never been a better time to take a leaf out of the celebrity hair playbook for some refreshing inspiration.
Let’s start with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whose casual Balayage adornment puts emphasis on her face-framing highlights which serves to brighten her already stunning supermodel aura.
Another striking example of the classic Balayage working effortlessly to enhance one’s beauty is the tempting infusion of lush blonde from the cheekbones down, as demonstrated by Olivia Wilde, whose flowing, gold-scented locks emphasize her facial features without overshadowing them.
Long locks have a tendency to look bulky and add weight to one’s portrait if not managed properly. But that’s certainly not an issue for Rihanna whose flowing strands have been properly painted with care and finesse around the face, and closer to the ends.
The choice of color can make or break the entire set-up as well, and Jennifer Lopez knows just the right honey blonde shade to incorporate into her choppy layers to highlight her already mesmerizing silhouette.
If you want to get all minimalistic with your attire, pay heed to Jessica Alba’s barely-there streaks of light gold and brown, intertwined across the lower end to present a sleek and gorgeous natural effect minus the unnecessary burnish of artificial overload.
For a more dramatic, out-there extrovert in you, take a leaf from Ciara’s dramatic rendition of Balayage with her naturally dark roots transforming into bright popping shades of champagne towards the end.
There are many of us out there who’d rather use their hair as an curtain element to help open up the entire face, look no further than Jessica Biel’s simple yet gorgeous interpretation of the Balayage, what with her light tips and smooth flowing locks directing emphasis on her face.
Don’t forget, the choice of color is equally important as the method of application! Halle Berry often chooses to lighten up her locks with some softly-painted strands of classic gold around the ends for that balanced effect suited well for both the corporate office, or the wild party.
Or take Amber Heard’s one-shoulder approach, made all the more dramatic with a colorful punch of golden blonde highlights to help stand out from the pack.
There you have it! Many ways to incorporate generous dimensions to your looks without enslaving yourselves to drawn-out salon sessions. So what’re you waiting for? Go ahead, bring these natural-looking, low-maintenance ideas to life with your creativity and genius to bring out the best in you!