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Instagram Inspiration: Balayage 2.0

Social media style-setters put a fresh spin on the popular hand-painting hair colouring technique.

Subtle Blend

The 2016 evolution of the balayage hair colouring technique has seen a shift from blatant striped blocks of colour to more natural and understated blends. The key word for your colourist is "subtle" – you're looking for shades that invoke your natural hue and transition gradually from root to tip.

Beach Blonde Reboot

Gone are the days of the basic beach blonde! In its place is the balayage take on the surfer chick – with a sun-kissed inspired shade being your colourist's aim. To elevate this colour, pair it with immaculately conditioned locks and luxe long layers. This will require vigilant post-colour maintenance – try L'Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Shine Blonde Shampoo & Vitamino Colour A-OX CC Creme.

Bronde Ambition

Why settle for being either brunette or blonde when you can be a little of both? Embrace your natural brown hue while dabbling with caramel blonde shades using balayage techniques to bring the colours harmoniously together. A voluminous blow dry is required to show off this colour to full effect – try L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Dual Stylers Bouncy & Tender before heat styling.

Edgy Ombre

For a more striking and dramatic use of balayage colouring technique, you can't go past the ombre effect. In past seasons, the ombre colour graduation hovered around the dark brown to blonde spectrum. However the 2016 application sees the addition of pastel-inspired hues to the mix and graduating to icy white tips. Complete the look with a graphic haircut and sleek styling.

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