Summer Hair-Color Trend: "Ripple" Highlights
Summer's answer to the "expensive blond" hair color? "Ripple" highlights, a decidedly low-maintenance alternative with just as much shine.
"Typically, highlights are woven in fine strands that melt through the hair, while balayage tends to be chunkier pieces painted away from the root, but ripple highlights are a fusion of the two: larger slices of color but painted precisely in foil right up to the root," Smith previously told POPSUGAR. "This is followed by a shadow-root toner that blurs the part nearest the scalp to keep a modern, blended result and a soft root as your hair grows."
The key, then, is to make sure outgrowth of the color is soft and flattering and not at all harsh. "Ask your stylist for sliced highlights that blend all the way through your hair and then a second-stage shadow-root toner that stops the highlights from looking streaky and helps them grow out softly by blurring the part nearest to the scalp."