We think we have more than enough hair color trends (mid lights, negative space balayage, reverse balayage or gem lights etc), but Instagram will always published another style that you might be tempted to show your colorist.

The Balayage technique, which involves painting or sweeping hair color, is very popular at the moment. There are many techniques that can be used depending on what you’re looking for. It can be a subtle, sun kissed or natural finish or perhaps slightly more bold and wild. So what are we all currently looking out for? ‘Ribbon lighting’ or ‘Balayage Ribboning’. It’s also called balayage. However, this involves dyeing larger amounts of hair so that they look like floating ribbons of color. This is in contrast to the lines or streaks some highlighting techniques can produce.

After the Valentino couture show, it is the first proclaimed ribbon lights as the next trend to watch. Ribbon lights, like many catwalk trends, made it onto Instagram. It seems that hairstylists are using this look to inspire their own versions of the trend.

Balayage ribboning is the exact way it was meant to be for the classic balayage. You may not know that the UK’s ‘thin’ and fine highlights are actually a modified version of the original French technique, which has been around for over 60 years. Chunky is not something that the French fearful of. Because we love the classic look that ribboned balayage able to enhance and lend the hair as well as we have always made it for some of our clients.

This technique is not something that all colorists are skilled at and hence they are inclined to create a more blended balayage as it is less prone to mistake. Moreover, some colorist may be less experienced in balayage. As education improves especially online video tutorials readily available, colorists are more confident to dyeing broader section of the client’s hair. The results speak for them, with hair that is both thick and full of dimension from root to tip.

There are important guidelines to follow. Balayage isn’t supposed to be a cool-toned style. Balayage is more challenging for hair with much darker base. This is because balayage often appears slightly warmer. The positive news is that this balayage technique appear gorgeous on wavy or straighter hair and it should look best on those with curl hair.

No matter what your hair texture is, it’s important to care for your hair after balayage. Balayage is bleach, and damage is caused by bleach. To minimize breakage, we will always use a bond-builder. Olaplex is also available in many salons and at home. The brand recently launched a shampoo-conditioner duo to help with over-processed hair.


Look no further, visit our Hera Hair Beauty salons and have a consultation with one of our highly skilled international colourist to discuss how our different advanced balayage techniques will work for you.

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