If you’re looking to get beach-perfect hair colour without actually stepping foot on sand (let’s face it: most of us are right now), then natural-looking highlights are a stellar choice, no matter your natural texture or colour. Think: subtle waves of lighter tones that make it appear as though you have spent all summer soaking up sun-rays in Bali.
Fresh-from-the-beach highlights are the easiest way to capture the perfect high-summer look and suggest that you spent more time at sea than you did in the salon. Even better, by keeping your roots a darker hue to your ends (a typical trademark of the look), you can disguise regrowth and limit the required upkeep. In fact, it’s often the case that the longer you leave the highlights, the better the fresh-from-the-beach glow will become.
Whether you’re a natural blonde looking to add a few slices of perfectly sunkissed locks, a brunette seeking a warm, subtle glow or a red-head in pursuit of additional depth, senior stylist from Pastels Salon Jumeirah in Dubai, Danielle Stewart, offers her expert advice on how to achieve the perfect fresh-from-the-beach highlights. And most importantly, what exactly to ask your colourist for…
For a fresh-from-the-beach, sunkissed look, should we ask our colourlist for balayage or foils?
Balayage is a much better option if you want to channel a softer sunkissed style as foils will give you a more prominent look.
How many shades lighter than the natural hair colour should we expect the highlights to go?
You should only go two to three shades lighter if you want it to look natural.
How important is the placement and size of the highlights?
Placement is key and often the tip to achieving a sunkissed, fresh-from-the-beach highlights effect is to remember that less is more. If you use too much colour, then you will lose the sunkissed effect and the end result will not look as natural as you need it to be to create this style.
Is it important to take reference imagery along to the salon?
Absolutely. I would say that you should always take inspiration pictures to your stylist, whatever cut or colour you are trying to create as it just helps to them to understand what you like and don’t like. They can talk to you about how to adapt the style taking into account your hair type and natural colour to ensure you achieve a similar result and ultimately leave the salon happy with your cut or colour.
Can highlights, as opposed to block colour, accentuate a woman’s existing hair style?
With clever placement, highlights can add definition to a haircut. They can be used to showcase the style of the cut and they also add a beautiful dimension of the hair as it moves, making it more eye-catching.
Are there any complexions or hair colours that shouldn’t consider highlights for a fresh-from-the-beach glow?
Not really as highlights come in a variety of different tones to suit all hair colours. It is important, however, to choose the colour of the highlights taking into account your skin tone and eye colour to ensure you achieve the most flattering result.
What after-care do you recommend to keep fresh-from-the-beach highlights looking their very best?
I would strongly recommend the use of a masque at least once a week and regular use of a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner. My personal favourites come from Redken’s Colour Magnetics range.
Danielle Stewart is the senior stylist at Pastels Salon Jumeirah, Dubai, +971 4 388 3534/+971 4 388 3397
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