Natural-looking highlights are nothing new, but babylights take it to the next level. The delicately highlighted look has been spotted on celebs sporting blonde so natural you’d swear it came from Mother Nature herself—if you didn’t already know that there’s always a team of highly trained professionals behind every gorgeous head of hair in Hollywood. We gathered our own group of sought-after stylists and asked them to dish on everything we need to know about the latest catchy-named hair color craze.
Keep reading for a lesson in all things babylights!
Like the name implies, it’s all inspired by babies. “Babylights are delicate, white-blonde highlights created using a very fine color technique to mimic that baby-blonde hue,” master colorist and co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salon, Joel Warren, says. “My clients often bring in photos of their children for inspiration, asking me to make their color look that fresh and natural,” he says. Master stylist and Warren-Tricomi Salon co-founder, Edward Tricomi, adds that the aim is to create a very natural-looking blonde, while still offering dimension and radiance.
While the technique may have been inspired by the bright, sun-kissed strands of light-haired babes, it’s not just for blondes. “This look is actually suited for anyone,” L’Oréal Paris consulting celebrity colorist Kari Hill says. Because the highlights are so subtle, the technique can be used on any hair color. “On darker hair, you would just get the babylights a little lighter than the current color—it’s so customizable to one’s color.”
If you’re thinking about trying out the babylights look, take Tricomi’s advice and consider your hairstyle too. “To get the most out of this color, I prefer a shoulder-length or longer style that is fluid and natural, rather than a cut that is architectural.” Besides being soft and subtle, the other advantage of babylights is how glossy it looks on your hair (salt spray and texture junkies, be warned). “It’s also important to keep this color looking exceptionally shiny, so women should enhance the look by using shine sprays, serums, and oils,” Tricomi says.
And now for the best news of all, it’s about as low maintenance as it gets. “Other techniques, such as ombré or full color, are more drastic,” Hill says. “This is a little more non-committal and allows for very subtle regrowth.” Because the highlights are so finely woven, the highlighted roots blend undetectably into the natural hair color as it grows. In fact, Hill recommends stretching the time you go in between coloring longer than you’re used to. “Keeping the consistency of the look requires more root than a normal highlight retouch,” she says. “Spreading your appointments out and making sure you’re not coloring the same hair will help keep this subtle look perfectly maintained.”
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