2017’s Hottest Hair Color Trends: Balayage and Babylights

By Tess Kossow, Deputy Editor

Hair.  Such a powerful four-letter word.  You have to admit…it’s the one thing we look at all day.  Whether it’s catching a glance in the mirror or a glimpse on the reflection of a cab door; we are always aware of our hair.

So much so that we touch it consistently, trying to poof, fluff, bounce, flounce, flatten, sleek, or curl.  Hair can make or break our attitude and determine how that new LBD really makes us feel.  It’s consistently "top of mind" and yet, always changing... like Kylie Jenner.

And speaking of change, two hair color trends that we are crushing on right now are Balayage and Babylights.  If you're ready for a new glow on those tired tresses, here's how Balayage and Babylights can light up your look... and your locks. 

Balayage

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Literally a French word meaning “to sweep,” Balayage is the skill of painting on color in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. The Balayage method allows for sun-kissed, natural looking color with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines.

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Balayage is best applied on medium to long styles, so the natural “swept” look is more noticeable.  Balayage, like Ombre, can be done on all hair types and colors (yay!). 

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Babylights

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Our hearts be still.  Finally, a hair trend for those who are sick of highlights, lowlights and all that has come in-between but fallen short of great expectations.  Enter Babylights. Babylights are meant to create subtle dimension and playful color on a one-dimensional color without looking like a traditional highlight

Perfect for those who want something fresh and natural looking, like the hair color on a young child, babylights are delicate and subtle.   Color is applied to fine sections of hair, so as to blend into the base color to create a soft, dimensional tone.  Nothing too dramatic; just beautifully colored hair.

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Babylights are easy to maintain, so they are perfect for those who want to try something new and low-maintenance.  But be warned, the initial process is time-consuming.  Making hair look so effortlessly pretty is hard work! 

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Have you tried babylights or balayage? Are you a colorist who kills it? Do tell! Share the scoop in the comments below or better yet, head to our Facebook page and share pictures of your new babylights and balayage 'do.