‘Strandlights’ Are the Natural-Looking Summer Hair Trend That Looks Good on Everyone


Wondering what to do to revamp your look for summer? We might have an answer for you—indulge in Instagram’s latest hair coloring technique. Strandlights—the brand new term hitting social media—is the latest hair trend to suddenly take off, giving us some serious inspiration for brightening up our hair shade for the warmer months. Unlike traditional highlights, strandlights are much more precise since they’re created by coloring a few individual strands at a time. The result is a subtle color that looks much more natural than traditional highlighting techniques, making it perfect for those looking for a minor update to their look.

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As pointed out by Allure, we can thank Texas colorist Liz Haven for this new technique, which was inspired by “the way the sun lightened our hair when we were kids.” Since its inception, Haven’s strandlighting videos on Instagram have blown up on social media, making waves in the beauty community and garnering tons of fans.

In order to clarify the logistics behind her technique, Haven captions one of her newly popular videos with an explanation: “The density along with the placement guarantees a perfect low-maintenance brightness every time. I promise you, if applied correctly, there is no horizontal line of demarcation when this grows out. Easily encouraging anywhere from three to four months in between applications.” Gone are the days of harsh lines where your roots grew out.

As if being able to go three to four months between appointments isn’t enough to make you want to schedule your own strandlight session, this next fact will have you picking up your phone and dialing your colorist. Strandlighting uses less bleach than other traditional coloring techniques, which means less time in the salon chair and healthier hair overall. Sounds like a win-win to us!


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