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Balayage is here to stay in 2018 – but here's how the hair colour technique has evolved for the new year

As we farewell another year we also say goodbye to some of the year's biggest hair trends - and also get ready to welcome a whole new batch of hot looks. However there's one colour trend that has managed to go the distance – balayage! Here's how we expect to see the popular hair colour technique trend will evolve in the new year.

Balayage 2018: It will look natural

Gone are the days of glaringly obvious dark brown to blonde colour degradation. Following on from the trend towards more natural hues, balayage this year will follow suit by playing up natural and subtle shades. The goal is to start with your natural colour as your base shade and then venture only two shades lighter with your balayage.

Balayage 2018: It will be paired with bobs

The bob hair cut was one of the surprise hit hair styles of 2017. In 2018, the classic cut will be paired with balayage to give it a cool edge. We particularly love the idea of a balayaged graduated bob because the jagged cut will give the mutli-faceted hair colour a chance to shine.

Balayage 2018: It will be structured and centre-parted

Beachy-inspired hairstyles have been the traditional partner of balayage locks. However this year balayage will meet more polished hair styles – such as a defined centre part and sleek locks. When the easy going balayage look is combined with a more controlled hairstyle it creates an interesting juxtaposition.

Balayage 2018: It will be reversed

One exciting update on the balayage technique is a little backwards – literally! Instead of blending from dark roots to lighter tips, this year you can expect to see the look reversed with lighter roots and darker tips. Our hot pick for the reverse balayage colour combo is golden blonde roots that meld into a dark brown shade.

And remember...no matter what balayage route you choose to take in 2018, be sure to invest in a colour care range like the and to ensure your balayged locks stay looking fresh and vibrant for longer.

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