‘Vacation glow hair’ is trending just in time for summer

We could all use a vacation. But whether you’re booked onto a flight somewhere warm and delicious or not, vacation glow hair is here to give you the same vibes as quickly as your next hair appointment. 

A twist on classic balayage highlights, vacation glow hair is all about giving your hair a pretty, sun-kissed look, even if you’re staying put. It’s a subtle change, but makes a big impact, and it’s a great way to get ready for the warmer weather ahead. 

According to Nicole Tabloff, a colourist at Chicago’s Maxine Salon who coined the term, vacation glow hair is perfect for all hair types and works on both virgin and dyed hair. Basically, it consists of subtle highlights and a warm gloss that adds tons of dimension and shine — and makes you look like you’ve spent a week at the beach. 

“Subtle, light-reflecting highlights one or two levels lighter than your base are the perfect way to add new life to your existing signature shade,” says Tabloff. “Ask your colourist for an express balayage, where they will strategically paint only a few balayage pieces to frame your face and a sprinkle in your parting depending on your haircut.”

After the balayage, your colourist should apply a warm gloss a few shades lighter than your base. This will make the highlights really pop and will give your hair that warm, beachy feeling. This works on most hair colours, but the effect is most noticeable on darker blondes and brunettes

In addition to being super pretty, this colour needs minimal maintenance. “Upkeep the balayage every three to six months and refresh the gloss when you have your base touched up, or as needed for extra warmth and shine,” says Tabloff. 

Ready to take a mental vacation? Scroll on for some of our favourite takes on the trend, below. 

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