Hey Colm,

Im thinking of lightening my hair coming into summer. I’m naturally mousy Brown, but when I had highlights before I found the up keep and maintence too much money and work, any suggestions?

Sarah, Tramore.



Hi Sarah,

A great way for us to lighten your hair, without too much maintence would be to use a technique called Balayage. Balayage comes from the French word to sweep and the technique has been around since the 1970’s. It’s a free hand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using traditional foil or meche. This technique involves lightening the ends of the hair, and gradually blending up to the top but not to the root. This allows you to have a grown out, naturally sun lightened effect. Think Sarah Jessica Parker in sex and the city!


You can achieve so many different effects from soft, natural highlights for those colour shy girls out there, to something strong and defined. The fact its so low maintence is such a positive too. People want to look fashionable but in this day and age, we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch up.


Its also a very economical way to colour your hair as you never have a solid line of regrowth (roots), so if you cant afford to get it done for another month it wont look atrocious.


If you feel there may be too much of a contrast between the roots and ends, then a few fine highlights can be added to the outer layer to soften the look even more. Always remember that the lighter you go the more expensive and maintence there is.



Keep your questions coming to info@colmmorrissey.ie

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