It’s likely that you and babylights have been one at some point or another. In fact, they often come naturally when sun-meets-strands and as you know, when they do meet, it’s magic. Babylights are there to give you lots of dimension and the illusion of naturally glossy, sunkissed hair without you even trying.
Babylights are, as the name suggests, a toned-down, more delicate version of highlights. They are more subtle than a balayage and can lighten the appearance of hair, adding depth and texture, which gives the appearance of thicker and healthier hair. They are also very low maintenance and don’t require a lot of upkeep. That alone is music to our ears, and if placed correctly they will frame the face and will shine light *no pun intended* on the main event — your face.
They are the type of colour technique on which people would say: ‘hmm, you look different, have you done something to your hair.’, but in a good way. Of course, with summer right around the corner, it’s not only the weather that is getting warmer, the hues on our hair strands are too.
This is not babylights’ first rodeo, as this is actually a very old-school highlighting technique that has reappeared, but now we have a name for it. The beauty of babylights is that they work on any hair colour and length. You just simply have to go for a lighter hue every time. This is because babylights, also known as micro highlights come in the form of a very fine colour technique to mimic that blonde or lighter hue achieved when your hair is naturally brightened in the sun, enhancing its vibrancy.
Sounds familiar, well, if like us you’re wondering how balayage is actually any different to babylights, Jerome Russell Bblonde brand educator, Jason Collier says: “Babylights are essentially mini-highlights. They are weaved super thin and smaller gaps are left between foils to create a more natural blend with the base color.” Jason also elaborates that they do not necessarily create that dramatic dimension but more so a subtle sun-kissed look.
He adds: “In comparison, Balayage is a French word that means ‘to sweep’. In this hair color technique, highlights are hand-painted or “swept” on the surface of random sections of hair. Dye or lightener is usually painted on, starting midshaft and becoming denser as it moves down the section of hair to the ends.”
As low maintenance as they are, babylights still require some aftercare. Jason also recommends: using a deep conditioning treatment formulated to strengthen coloured hair like Jerome Russell Bblonde Jplex Bond Maintainer Treatment, £9.99, Amazon for blonde hues: “Used a nourishing treatment regularly, to smooth and seal the hair shaft for strong, vibrant and healthy-looking coloured hair.” In fact, blondes are more susceptible to brassiness so to avoid that Jason says: “The key to being blonde is maintenance, so remember to top up your toner around six to eight weeks to avoid any yellow brassiness.” He adds: “Purple shampoo and conditioner are your ultimate besties for blonde babylights as they will retain the vibrancy of your shade, while diminishing brassy and dull tones.”