Reverse Balayage is the Hair Color Trend You're About to See Everywhere

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Looking for a fresh color? Before committing to highlights or a fresh balayage, review your options. Here's the cost of getting your hair dyed. [MUSIC] Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico. The price of getting your hair professionally colored depends on three aspects. What you're getting done, location and stylists' experience. If you live in a metropolitan city, expect to pay more for salon basics. According to Thumbtack the average cost for a permanent look can cost between $90 to $120. This price point is just for simple highlights or all over dye. To those folks who'd like the latest dying craze, you'll definitely spend a few more dollar bills. For more advanced techniques like ombre or high impact color, expect to see your total increase by $50 to $100. Want to save some money? Dyeing your hair at home can be a cost effective alternative, but some hairstylists may warn against taking on the challenge. If you feel like you have what it takes, head to your local pharmacy to pick up a box. Most boxed hair dye costs between $3-20. Those who have thick or long locks may need more than one box. Regardless of whether your hair is dyed professionally or DIY, it's recommended to touch up your roots every 4-6 weeks. Go forth and spruce up your doo. Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico.

Take what you know about balayage, and in the words of Missy Elliot, flip it and reverse it. That's the concept behind the next big highlighting trend that's making its rounds on the Internet. The name speaks for itself: Instead of a darker base with painted-on, lighter highlights, or darker roots fading into a lighter gradient, reverse balayage focuses on painting on darker strands.

The balayage technique started picking up buzz after Deryn Daniels, hairstylist at Chrome Salon in Evergreen, Colorado, posted a pic of the look her Instagram with the caption, "In a world full of blonde balayage, be a reverse." As you can see from the snap, it features a rather dramatic bright blonde to brunette gradient. So theoretically, has her blonde roots grew in, the darker hair color would continue to grow out at the ends, or get chopped off during a trim. But this is one example of how reverse balayage can be used.

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In its purest, most subtle form, Tina Outen, a hairstylist for Streeters, says the technique is simply choosing a "deeper shade than the one you wear already" and painting it on freehand with a board. She says the darker strands that are painted should sit below and above the lighter sections, so it gives you a "smudged result instead of stripes." It's apparently an incredibly natural way to deepen your hair color.

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The way it's painted on, she says, should still give you plenty of root area untouched, so that your grow-out is incredibly natural. "The point is that you can grow your color out naturally without the hard line, so it’s all your personal choice of what you’re looking for in your color," Outen says of how often to visit your colorist.

However, there are some exceptions. If you choose to do more of a reverse ombré, there might be more touch-ups (and $$$) required. Depending on your salon, geographical location, and how experienced your colorist is, a full set of highlights could cost anywhere from $150 to an upwards of $450.

So will it replace your standard sun-kissed highlights? It's unlikely. In fact, this trend is more like lowlights, and one of the easiest ways to go dark if you're up for the change.

Regardless, if you want to hop on the trend before all your friends, the time is now.


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