Breaking into the babylights trend

Breaking into the babylights trend
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There has been a number of hair colouring trends over the years, including processes like balayage and ombre which highlight your strands. If you’ve tried any of these and you still don’t feel like it looked natural enough or just didn’t sit well with your complexion, maybe it’s time to try one of the newest mane movements – babylights.

Have you ever looked back at your baby pictures and thought, “If only my hair colour looked like it did when I was five?” That’s what this trend is all about. Babylights are small highlights which are meant to mimic the natural hair colour of young children. It includes tiny and very fine multi-dimensional tones to enhance the hues already in your tresses, and usually features a brighter colour at the crown and bottom of hair. As an added bonus, babylights can also make you look a few years younger than your real age – just ask timeless beauties such as Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz, who have all sported the babylights look in the past year.

Since the main goal of babylights is to create a natural look, this process complements nearly everyone’s hair colour. When you go into the salon, ask for babylights about half the width of usual highlights, and a shade or two lighter than what you currently have. Anything more than that can look too forced and dramatic, which is the opposite of babylights. Some women even bring in photos of either themselves or their young kids for inspiration, which might help both you and your colourist get on the same page about what you’re searching for. In addition, this process takes even longer than traditional foils, so prepare yourself for extra time in the chair and perhaps extra money for the service!

One of the best parts about getting babylights is the fact that it’s very low maintenance. Since babylights blend in with the natural colour of the base of your hair, you can wait up to 12 to 14 weeks to touch up roots. In addition, because the highlights are so tiny and fine, as the hair grows out, the look of your whole head of hair tends to appear softer and more subtle, and as anyone who’s had highlights can attest to – there’s no clear and heavy line of demarcation.

Of course, if you want to keep the babylights for as long as possible, you also should invest in quality colour-safe shampoo and conditioner and maybe even find a hair mask to revitalise your strands on a weekly basis.

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