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Reverse balayage. What is this hair coloring technique and why it is better to postpone it for the cold season

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Reverse balayage is especially popular among light blondes who want to go into the world of brunettes for the winter. Source: freepik.com

Reverse balayage may be the best choice for your hairstyle if you prefer a hair color that does not require additional care. This technique is a loose style of applying color to the hair, resulting in a natural-looking hair color that grows back more easily than after traditional foil highlighting.

However, while traditional balayage focuses on providing a lightening effect, reverse balayage is about darker colors to create movement and volume through deeper tones. This style is especially popular with blonde women who want to go brunette for the winter for a richer, deeper shade, as luxurious, spicy, decadent tones like reverse balayage are favorites during the colder months, according to Women.

"Reverse balayage brings depth back to the roots. It reduces the contrast between the light areas and the base color, and makes the remaining light areas stand out," explains colorist Lauren Grummel. The focus of reverse balayage is on volume, which comes from rich chocolate tones rather than lighter colors.

What to expect from reverse balayage

The advantage of a reverse balayage is that it's a subtle, natural difference that you choose with your stylist. "The idea is to blend the client's natural color to create a molten, gradient look from root to tip," says colorist Giancarlo Carollo. Some stylists may approach this by creating balayage highlights to the middle and adding shadow roots. Others may go the route of lightening the roots to a shade that is slightly darker than the lightened parts, but still lighter than the natural hair color.

Reverse balayage. What is this hair coloring technique and why it is better to postpone it for the cold season

For this reason, many stylists suggest that clients first discuss what kind of color you want to end up with. And the best thing is to show an image of exactly what color you want so that the dark tones are not too dark.

The best thing you can expect from reverse balayage is how easy it is to maintain. The regrowth process is stress-free because your roots blend in perfectly with the dark tones.

Reverse balayage is suitable for any hair: both straight and curly. It is a great way to match your look to the darker and shorter winter months when we want to relax and have a richer palette.

How to care for a reverse balayage

Reverse balayage. What is this hair coloring technique and why it is better to postpone it for the cold season

One of the biggest advantages of this type of coloring is the easy regrowth process. Natural recovery is not a problem because darker tones are added during coloring, not lighter ones. You probably won't need to touch up your color for at least six to eight weeks, maybe longer. And for hair care at home, it is enough to use shampoo and conditioner.

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