How To Brighten Hair For Summer (Without Going Blonde)

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Spring is a very popular time to lighten up hair. But for brunettes who want to go a little lighter, without going blonde, Hairhouse has a hue to suit you!

Babylights and Balayage

There has never been a better time to add dappled lightness to darker hair. With the advent of babylights and balayage, now you frame your face with a gorgeous halo of highlights. The benefits of this trend are that you can remain brunette, but with extra golden depth for a new season. If you go for this bold, but subtle technique, you can also rest easy that at-home maintenance won’t be massive. “Face framing is the fastest way to bring light to the face, turn back the years, and create a significant impact with colour,” explains Cassandra Lee Gray Smith, from Hairhouse Chatswood Salon.


“Blondes have more fun – and more maintenance,” says Cassandra. “If you don't commit to the treatments in the salon, there is lots of home care to maintain,”. If this has you shaking in your boots already, then all-over blonde is not for you. But Contouring sure could be! This technique is a beautiful, blendable blonde that only ups the ante on your colour slightly. With colour placed strategically to accentuate your best features and brighten skin tone. This subtle change keeps hair glossy and close to what you usually have, with a twist.

Express Contouring

An effortless, barely-there blonde accent is all yours with Express Contouring. As with Contouring, you can choose the level of lightness that is placed throughout the hair. Sometimes, the effect is so delicate that it is set off by light, which gives the hair an even more golden effect. Sound technical? It’s not. Express Contouring can be done in much less time than a regular colour appointment, so it is perfect for girls on the go or those who don’t want to commit fully to a lighter shade. At least until summer!

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