Allure September 2017


September 21, 2017

"Fallayage" Is the Prettiest Way to Do Balayage This Fall

I regret to inform you that tomorrow marks the end of summer. As the leaves start changing, you might want to switch up your hair color, too. Instead of spending several hours at the salon getting your hair bleached and colored a summery, neon shade, shift from the bright, cool tones of summer to richer, warmer, autumnal ones. The hair side of Instagram is usually populated with looks that cover the complete ROYGBIV spectrum. But now that fall is upon us, colorists are posting pictures of warm balayage looks — or as some are calling it, "fallayage." It's subtle, low maintenance, and gorgeous.

"Clients like going warmer in the fall because their tan is fading and their hair might be a bit sun-bleached and damaged," Tina Deeke, a colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, tells Allure. "Adding a bit of fall-inspired balayage is a perfect way to create dimension and add shine back into your locks without fully sacrificing the sun-kissed color you earned over the summer."

Not sure if your hair is the right candidate for this balayage? Deeke assures me that all hair types can benefit from it, "especially with a process like balayage that adds shine and dimension," she says. Just be sure to communicate with your colorist what your end goal is. Let them know you want "honey, maple or sunset tones," Deeke says. "All of which are perfect in keeping with the season."

For placement, request a few face-framing pieces, Deeke says. This is the best option for those looking for a "minimal refresh." If your hair is already lightened due to prior highlights or from all your beach days this summer, "a heavier application of fall balayage will better balance out your color," she says.

Tina Deeke, Colorist

Maxine Salon

712 N. Rush St., 312-751-1511