24 August 2013 by

Is That A Halo On Your Head? Splashlights Are Set To Be The New Ombré

Is that a halo on your head? (@auracolorist)

Step aside ombré, as it appears you might have had your day. All hail autumn/winter’s hottest new hair trend- the splashlight! Might we just add that this hair trend is so hot that it hasn’t even found its way to Urban Dictionary yet, so us beauty ladies forgive your lack of knowledge on this rather awesome ‘do. Tipped to be the next big thing in the hair world, splashlights are a new highlighting technique, creating a horizontal band of bleached hair that stretches from ear to ear, creating the illusion that you are standing in a spotlight. Sound technical? Read on…



The new technique was first seen on hair colourist Aura Friedman’s Tumblr account: “It’s an effect that involves painting bleach onto a small horizontal section of hair, starting with the undermost layers, then covering all the hair above and below the stripe with a colour close to your natural shade,” Friedman explained. The result? A gorgeous, halo-like effect on the hair guaranteed to render even the naughtiest of party girls into angelic creatures (take note, Cara).

Colourist Friedman recently used the highlighting technique on singer Caroline Polacheck (@carolinepolacheck)

What’s more, team Grazia beauty reckon this trend might just be on to something- Friedman has an impressive track record of starting new hair trends at New York Fashion Week (including the infamous ombré itself), so might the splashlight be the next big thing for 2014? With the New York shows kicking off in less than 2 weeks (eek!), it looks like it’s only a matter of time to see whether this trend will be gracing the runways, or not…

What’s more, we’re loving the splashlight because of its versatility. Although the look is best suited to medium to long hair, the technique can easily be adapted to suit different hairstyles. Got a fringe? Layers? Fear not- your hairdresser can advise you on how best to work the halo-look into your tresses.

What do you think of the new trend, ladies? Are you in?



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Goddessweaves RawVirgin (Sun Aug 25 16:22:06 BST 2013): Hot Love it!:)
Patricia Hanson Locke (Mon Aug 26 17:06:25 BST 2013): Love the effect!
Ania Walak (Tue Aug 27 13:45:45 BST 2013): some new idea, why not ; ).
Barry Stevenson Oldershaw (Tue Aug 27 23:04:24 BST 2013): Sorry I think it's old hat looks like a colour mistake And it needs putting right ! Please please can we see some proper skilled work Here or something different & worth while that makes Everyone proud of actually being a hairdresser :)
Sunshine Girard (Wed Aug 28 20:19:40 BST 2013): Paul mitchell had a halo effect years ago. Nothing new.
Katya Minova (Sat Aug 31 08:32:17 BST 2013): I'll try that on!
Katya Minova (Sat Aug 31 08:32:49 BST 2013): so fresh and new.