You’ve seen it everywhere from Instagram to Pinterest to Whole Foods and Yoga. Floating highlights are like a wash of color was delicately placed to brighten your strands. It’s the halo we’ve been waiting for to look forever sunkissed, because if we can’t make it to the beach this summer, we should at least look like we did. The term, coined by balayage master Ryan Pearl of Cutler Salon, speaks volumes to seamless color application.
With this particular example, Ryan’s model was an Australia native who wanted the coveted ‘Bondi Blonde’ highlights made just for the beach babe surfer girl. The goal: something that required no maintainance throughout the summer and that will be easy to maintain.
As far as upkeep, floating highlights are a lazy girl‘s godsend. Though she can go throughout the summer without a trip to the salon, Ryan suggests a quick gloss and some face framing highlights to maintain the hue in about 10 weeks.
“The idea is that you don’t see where the highlight starts, so the transiton from the base color to the lighter ends is fluid,” explains Ryan. To achieve the floating effect Ryan balayaged the hair only with horizontal parts in a deep ‘V-pattern.’
If this is the result, we’re ready to say ‘boy, bye’ to foils, because balayage is [l]it for summer.
MAINTAIN YOUR BLONDE