Summer’s approach always brings new hair styles. When we’re not accidentally doing gnarly thing to our hair, we also cut it, dye it, and braid it. Change is good, and that certainly seems to be what Lana Del Rey went for when she emerged with her new pretty color. Whether you love the queen of sorrow or not (hint: I do, I totally do), you can’t deny that her hair is looking absolutely magical. This comes after sporting darker locks during the release of Ultraviolence, the saddest album in the world. This new, gorgeous, sun-kissed hair color is so natural-looking it’s almost like she was born with it.
It looks like what some call a balayage, a dye style that is as fancy as it sounds. (By the way, because the French make everything sound like poetry, balayage means “to sweep.”) Have no idea what a balayage is? Now you will:
See how Lana’s hair kind of starts off dark at the roots and has a glossy look, with natural highlights all over? That’s the power of the balayage. The hair doesn’t have one single color nor does it have a “now the color starts here” affect, as ombre produces when the color gradually – or sometimes suddenly – changes. The color is sort of hand painted over the surface of the hair, ending in a more subtle effect. This deep auburn is particularly stunning on Lana, whose rocks those orange stripes with ease. Here’s what you should know about this lovely look before you ask for it at the salon:
The balayage is applied to the surface of the hair in a free-style sort of manner, sort of like a painter applying light brush strokes in a semi-unpredictable, though totally controlled, way. A good hair expert will be able to tell you how strong or light the effect should be, and there’s no creepy alien foil involved, so you won’t be wondering what’s going under there the whole time.
Why not go ombre?
The balayage is more subtle, so if you want a more natural look, this one’s got that feeling. Is it possible that the balayage – or, “sombre,” aka subtle ombre – is the answer to all your “I am so bored of my hair!” woes? I think yes.
Who can wear it?
Um, you. You can wear it. Almost anyone with at least enough hair to actually dye the strands can rock it. It can be done with basically any shade, though it usually works within two color shades.
How much maintenance is involved?
Almost none! Since the balayage doesn’t touch your roots, you don’t have to worry about those. The color is sort of just placed throughout your hair, so it can grow out pretty naturally. A touch up for radiance is fine, though.