By now you’d think we would have had our fill of niche hair dye techniques promising to give us Insta-worthy summer hair that looks more natural than Gwyneth’s skincare routine. But you’d be wrong.
Because, besides our Insta archive of pixelated rainbow hair pics, we’ve found a brand spanking new hair colour trend to get on board with. And it might just be the secret to super natural looking ‘your hair but better’ colour.
Enter Strandlighting. The opposite of all your Nicole Richie circa The Simple Life chunky highlight nightmares, Strandlighting is all about keeping things looking au naturel.
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What is Strandlighting?
The clue is in the name with this genius hair dye technique where delicate strands of hair are dyed to create a natural-looking blended effect. No stripy highlights or out of control balayage here.
Forget whole heads or half heads, Strandlighting lightens a ‘pinch’ of hair at a time, resulting in a subtle colour change that blends seamlessly without covering your own base colour. In short, it gives your hair that one shade lighter sunkissed look without going OTT.
How does Strandlighting work?
As with normal highlights, foils are used to separate the sections of hair being dyed, but the big difference here is the amount of hair sectioned off. Strandlights use much finer pieces of hair which means it’ll look more natural when you leave the salon, won’t leave telltale stripes when your roots grow out, and uses less bleach which means less hair damage. Win, win, win.
Ideal for when you want to give your hair colour more of a boost than a complete transformation, Strandlights works on all hair colours with blonde, red and rose gold topping our inspo boards.
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