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The Latest Hair Color Trend Was Inspired by Toddlers

By Klaudia Tirico / October 15, 2014

Move over highlights, babylights are the new blonde. This new wave of lightening hair has been spotted on babes like Karlie Kloss, Rosamund Pike and more, proving that you don’t need to darken your hair just because it’s fall. 
Colorist and co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salon Joel Warren describes the look as “delicate, white-blonde highlights created using a very fine color technique to mimic a baby-blonde hue.” He also says that his clients have been bringing in photos of their kids as inspiration because it is so natural and fresh. 
If you’re looking to try babylights, stylist and co-founder of Warren-Tricomi Edward Tricomi recommends a more natural hairstyle, rather than architectural. “Babylights are meant to create a very natural-looking blonde, while still offering dimension and radiance,” he says. “To get the most out of this color, I prefer a shoulder-length or longer style that is fluid and natural, rather than a cut that is architectural. It’s also important to keep this color looking exceptionally shiny, so women should enhance the look by using shine sprays, serums and oils (try L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Root-to-Tip Fixer, $6.99). 
Maintaining babylights is actually super easy because it looks best with a little root. That means more time in between color appointments. L’Oreal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill says, “Because of the soft handed/baby fine weave, the highlighted roots are almost skewed or softened into the natural color as the hair grows. If you want to maintain a babylight look, try not to color hair or make appointments too close together. Keeping the consistency of the look requires more root than a normal highlight retouch. Spreading your appointments out and making sure you’re not coloring the same hair will help keep this subtle look perfectly maintained.”