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Why Balayage Is Perfect For Glorious Summer Hair


Absolutely takes a closer look at the latest collection from Headmasters

The Creative Ambassadors at Headmasters have launched a balayage collection showing different techniques perfect for a glorious summer. Balayage is a freehand technique which allows stylists to use a variation of techniques with foils, and tissue to provide a perfect blend of blondes to suit you – from super-natural sun-kissed to full-on ombre. This colouring technique is suitable for all types of clients. Headmasters Colour Ambassador, Sian Quinn, here takes us through three key balayage looks.

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“Luxe Balayage is one of the hottest hair trends this year,” explains Sian. “This year we are seeing more high-definition colour trends with clients asking for brighter face framing along with a full head balayage, with warmer honey tones that reflect sun-kissed colour. This works particularly well on super-long hair although it can be adapted to suit mid-length styles too. The key to maintaining the luxe finish is to keep hair well-conditioned, try Kerastase Resistance Masque Force Architecte Hair Mas 200ml £41.40 for an interim refresh and toner after six weeks to get rid of any unwanted brassy toners that can happen in the summer months.” 

Natural Balayage is for that pure sun-kissed look – even on darker hair colour bases. If you are new to colour or prefer to keep your natural root colour, but have your Headmasters’ stylist add a few ribbons of colour using tissue lights, this can provide depth and brighten and enhance facial features. Sian explains: “The trick to this colour is keeping a very soft tone that is simply a few shades lighter than your own natural colour without going too warm. The great thing about this technique is that it grows out very naturally – although having a refresh of baby lights at six weeks will keep it looking fresh.”

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Then, give your curls real impact with a balayage and curl contour. Sian explains: “Balayage can help to showcase curls’ natural texture and movement, but for extra drama and brightening effect add a curl contour.” Unlike straight or wavy hair this means your stylist will be picking out individual curls and using a freehand technique to create brighter balayage ribbons just where you need them.  Combining these techniques means that your balayage will look amazing regardless of whether you style your hair curly or straight.

Whatever your hair type, colour, or style, give balayage a go this summer. At Headmasters, every colour is bespoke. Your hairstylist will provide a complimentary colour consultation prior to colouring your hair and with the highest number of L’Oréal colour experts across all salon groups in the UK you can feel assured you are getting expert colour advice.

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Headmasters are renowned for creating beautiful, confidence-boosting hair in their 55 salons located across London and the South-East of England. Find your local salon at

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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