Forget the old ombre—the hottest new hair color trend is Babylights, or natural-looking highlights that mimic the sun-kissed tones your hair took on as a child.  Gaining popularity among both beauty buffs and Hollywood starlets alike for their ability to enhance your own natural hue without veering too far off the spectrum.

Case in point: Miranda Kerr’s subtle golden streaks.

Babylights are definitely the most-requested look this season, where the majority of your color should still be your natural color, only adding delicate accents to create the look. In addition to the low-maintenance upkeep, we also love how a few of the well-placed babylights can make your existing style look healthier and more dynamic.

To create the look, there are three areas we focus on: Your hairline, natural part, and the ends of the hair. The highlights should be baby-fine around the hairline and in the crown, with a soft graduation of color that is two shades lighter at the ends. Rather than ombre’s two-toned contrast in color, the overall appearance is more natural, as if you spent a little extra time in the sun. Professional hand-painted color, known as balayage, allows for more control over placement and helps unrealistic root-to-tip strips of color. This should be able to accentuate your cut, taking into account how you style it every day.

Just because they’re an enhancement of your own tone, doesn’t mean you should tone down on the quality of your shampoo and conditioners. Invest in a nourishing mask Semi De-lino Moisture Mask ($23). Additionally, a heat-protective product such as the extraordinary all in one fluid will act as a shield against damage from flat irons and curling wands while preventing any premature fading.

As far as maintenance goes, if you’ve done a full head, you should book in every eight weeks. If you’ve just done a few pieces throughout, 12 to 14 weeks will do. It can be done on any shade, of course, but I love the impact it has on blondes, It’s a beautiful way to take platinum away from the stiff, double-processed locks we’re used to, placing it in a much more dimensional territory.

Regarding the name, though, it joins a host of cheeky, embellished terms for techniques that may already be employed by many an in-the-know colorist. After all, we’ve already seen things like sombré, bronde, and splashlights come into vogue — it was only a matter of time until something else with a catchy name caught our attention.

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