Balayage blurring is set to be one of the hottest hair color trends for 2021, according to a top hairdresser.
Adam Reed, editorial ambassador for L'Oréal Professionnel, says we'll see a return to the original French balayage techniques in 2021, which are very bespoke and tailored to the individual.
"Balayage has broken into the world of the consumer, but over recent years has steered away from its origins and become an intense 'one service a year appointment'," he explains, "which is the exact opposite of what it should be.
"We’re taking it back to the beautiful, Parisian balayage designed to simplistically enhance the hair color and face shape with a very natural, sun-kissed look with shadow roots and beautifully dimensioned hair – all created using balayage blurring techniques." These allow for a seamless transition between natural roots and colored sections, as seen on the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie.
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"Blurs are freehand, like painting a picture, and very personalised to every element of your consultation, looking at your hair cut, color and face shape," Reed adds.
After almost a year without regular access to our hair salon, it's no surprise that a professional technique like balayage blurring is going to take front and center in 2021.
"We know balayage is one of the most requested services for when we get back into the salon," Reed confirms. "This is truly a service only your pro can perform to get the effortless, personalised look."
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Quarantine gave many of us the opportunity to embrace our natural hair and invest a bit more time and energy in caring for our hair – something that'll have a knock-on effect as we return to "normal life". As well as balayage blurring, Reed says another focus for the year will be "high definition" hair – ultra shiny, "luminous" and almost reflective, like glass.
"Glosses are the perfect service to give that cosmetic finishing touch and instant hair gratification," he explains. "They're the perfect add-on service to your cut if you’ve not opted for colour or to give a fresh hue to hair, but also the perfect interim treatment for both blonde and balayage to keep colour looking fresh and healthy."
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