Reverse Balayage Is The Backwards Hair Trend Everyone Will Be Asking For In 2018

Switch everything you know about trad balayage, this is the way to wear it in 2018.

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2017 was all about balayage, balayage and yet more balayage. The go-to for Jessica Alba-esque caramel hued hair, we couldn't get enough of the painted-on hair trend.

And although our obsession with the hair dye technique was strong, it's safe to say we were a little balayaged out by the time 2018 came around.

Until now. Yep, you guessed it, there's a new balayage hair trend in town and this one's a little backwards.

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Literally.

Taking the usual dark brown roots delightfully blended into honey blonde tones formula and turning it on its head, is the aptly named 'Reverse Balayage.'

Pioneered by hairstylist Deryn Daniels at the Chrome Salon in Colorado (and first spotted by PopSugar in the UK), Reverse Balayage switches up the regular balayage we all know and love, to create a look with golden blonde roots at the top and darker brown tips at the bottom.

Imagine a cross section of a really great cappuccino and that's sort of where we're at.

Daniels posted a picture of the rule-breaking dye technique on Instagram with the caption: 'In a world full of blonde balayage, be a reverse.'

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We caught up with hairstylist and owner of Hare And Bone salon, Sam Burnett to get his take on the backwards trend...

Who suits Reverse Balayage?

'Most people can pull off this look with it suiting both lighter and darker hues, although it looks best on caramel honey hues and mid to dark chocolate tones.'

How is it different to regular balayage or ombre?

'Think of it as the opposite of traditional balayage methods. Instead of a natural graduation of light to dark hues, it's the opposite. Unlike ombre colour techniques, multidimensional tones are used throughout the mid lengths and ends rather than colour blocking.'

How can you make Reverse Balayage work for you?

'Depending ont he individual's face shape and skin tone, the root smudging can be a variation of lengths. The direction of the tones can be changed for a more subtle or drastic effect.'

So if you're thinking regular balayage is a little too 'The Bachelor' contestant for you, why not try the more dramatic reverse look? Go on, be a rebel.

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