The Balayage Bob Is The Definition Of Trendy Summer Hair

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Long hair is a colorist's bread and butter: A canvas draping down the back of the salon chair on which to paint highlights and lowlights. But what's even more impressive is when they can create the same dimensional effect — using seamless balayage blending — on a fresh, on-trend bob that stops blunt between the shoulders and jawline.
It's entirely possible with precision, says Linda de Zeeuw, a colorist at NYC's Rob Peetoom Salon. She tells us that, similar to coloring long hair, the natural base color of a short cut should remain untouched at the root. "With a bob, the balayage highlights — blonde or warm brown — should be blended carefully with the root tone, otherwise the whole head of hair is going to look single-process," she says. "The balayage technique can be applied to any base color, curl pattern, or cut, minding that the end goal is the same: natural-looking depth and dimension."
Ahead, find photo evidence of how to achieve a seamlessly blended bob, plus pick up tips on what to ask for at your appointment. Now, you have the last push you need to finally get that freeing summer chop, complete with the sun-kissed highlights of your lounge-chair dreams.
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According to current Pinterest analytics, mushroom blonde hair color is trending for summer 2019 — and balayage is the perfect vehicle for application. The trendy shade is a perfect blend of dirty blonde, silver, and brunette hues that pros suggest for anyone with naturally dark roots looking to infuse a lighter tone that's still subtle and soft.
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L.A. colorist Cherin Choi shows how to perfect the most subtle, piece-y blonde highlights over the front pieces of a swingy, copper-colored A-line bob.
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On a dark root, cool blonde balayage gives an edgy vibe to the overall cut. "You can add blonde lift to just the ends, or evenly over the hair shaft," says Choi. "I add the desired thickness of highlight, then tone the roots for a seamless grow-out."
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Colorist Shai Amiel shows how a multi-tonal balayage lift doesn't equate to damaged curls — so long as the hair stays hydrated and healthy.
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Actress Olivia Holt's hair is colored light blonde, but her colorist, Matt Rez, almost melts the brighter tones into her brunette root instead of covering it.
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If you're looking for dimensional color over your shoulder-skimming lob, consider talking to your colorist about infusing Rez's mid-lighting technique to bring a gorgeous shade spectrum from your mid-shaft to your ends.
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Colorist George Papanikolas tells us that the heaviest, brightest highlight should be placed at the ends of the hair — in this case, emphasizing the baby-blonde curls that spring around the face.
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If you have a brunette bob and are looking for the most natural secondary tone to add over top, de Zeeuw recommends opting for a caramel or gold-tinged highlight.
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Celebrity stylist Irinel de León shows how a subtle warm-brown balayage — from mid-length to ends — can give a sleek, wet wave that extra pop.
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On the other hand, buttery blonde balayage makes full, soft curls feels extra summery and fresh.
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