Fabulous and Budget Friendly Hair Color for Summer

June 14th, 2013 by Lorrie Walker in Uncategorized

By Barbara Cagle

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to decide if you are going to spend the majority of your summer in your Lakeland hair stylist’s chair or on a beach in a bikini.

Summer is the perfect time to switch to a color that’s low maintenance. And by low maintenance we are in no way suggesting that you choose a drab, one-dimensional hair color. After all, it’s summer; the season for highlights.

Gisele Bundchen looking haute in her hand painted highlights. Photo: jaredandjd/tumblr

Gisele Bundchen looking haute in her hand painted highlights. Photo: jaredandjd/tumblr

Balayage (hair painting) and ombre techniques allow you to achieve a bright, summery color or make a bold change while, get this, letting your roots grow in gracefully. And although both techniques have been around for a while, like a bikini, they were made to be worn in the summer sunshine.

Balayage

The term balayage originated from a French word meaning “to sweep.” By using a thick bleaching cream, paddle and brush, your stylist can hand paint face framing, sun kissed highlights, blend roots or create thick, punk highlights

The beauty of this technique is more than it’s versatility and control; it’s the avoidance of a solid root line, which means you can go longer between touchups.

If going longer in between salon visits doesn’t sound glamorous to you, try flipping through a Victoria’s Secret magazine and you’ll agree that “angels” like Gisele Bundchen look nothing short of stunning in their hand painted highlights.

Ombre

Think dark roots that gradually lighten to sunny blonde tips. Ombre not only looks at home on the beach, your roots are nearly undetectable as your hair grows out. If that sounds trailer parky to you, you obviously haven’t seen Drew Barrymore rocking her bold ombre on the red carpet.

Drew Barrymore turns heads with her bold ombre. Photo: Vince Flores/AFF

Drew Barrymore turns heads with her bold ombre. Photo: Vince Flores/AFF

“Ombre is very versatile,” says Michael Rose. “You can keep it natural with a subtle ombre that mimics the affect the sun had on your hair as a child, or  make a statement with a bold ombre like Mrs. Barrymore’s.”

What’s also nice about lightening your hair with these techniques is that it sets you up perfectly for adding a playful hint of color. Michael especially likes the way purples and blues pop on brunettes. And pink is always pretty on blondes.

“Just a streak or two is all you need,” says Michael.

Whether you want to standout or recapture your youth with sun kissed shine, there is no sense in committing to a high maintenance style for summer. Ask your stylist about balayage or ombre and spend a little more time at the beach and little less at the salon this summer.

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