“Teasylights” Are The Secret To Natural-Looking Highlights

With so many celebrities going blonde this summer, perhaps you're feeling a similar itch to splurge on a few highlights. If that's you, the latest look for bright, natural-looking color will likely send you over the edge. Meet: "Teasylights."

A hybrid of traditional highlights and balayage, the technique of teasylighting involves — you guessed it — teasing the hair before sweeping on lightener. Sabrina Yamani Yamga, a colorist at Alex Brown's SPACE Studio in Chicago, breaks it down for us. "Similar to balayage, teasylights create a softly-blended highlight off the root," Yamga explains, adding that the process looks a bit different. "Rather than hand-painting, your colorist will use foils and softly backcomb or tease small sections of hair before applying the lightener, which will diffuse the blend between the lift and the base tone."


If you're looking for visual inspiration to bring to your colorist — either in the coming weeks (with all the proper precautions) or at your pre-fall hair appointment — you'll find plenty of teasylight closeups across a range of base tones and textures, ahead.

Like traditional balayage, teasylights are low-maintenance by design, meaning you can go longer in between salon visits. Here, colorist Lindsey Benevides shows how sun-kissed teasylights bounce through the mid-lengths while leaving the roots deeper for an easy grow-out.
Colorist Samantha Harman⁣ describes teasylights as "dripping in dimension." Note how there's a variation in tone, with the lightest blonde strands sparkling against the contrasting base tone. Because teasylights utilize foils to help lift the color in certain places, they can yield brighter results than balayage alone.
Artists at Nashville's The Greenhouse Collection kindly gave us the recipe for unbelievably shiny hair: seamless teasylights topped with a conditioning gloss.
Pro tip for adding teasylights to curls: pull the strands taut. "It's important to keep consistent tension when painting lightener on curly hair to ensure the coverage is even," explains Yamga, who created this look.
If you're looking to fix a quarantine hair-dye experiment gone awry, consider teasylights for your corrective color. In this example, colorist Erin Boha shows how the revival technique adds a pop of blonde brightness, while keeping her client's curls healthy and full of bounce.
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