Glamour March 31, 2021



Vacation Glow Hair Is Trending Just in Time for Summer


It's the next best thing to a real vacation. 

We could all use a vacation. And while it's looking more likely that you could be on a beach sooner rather than later, vacation glow hair is here to give you the same vibes as quickly as your next hair appointment. 

The latest twist on classic balayage highlights, vacation glow hair is all about giving your hair a pretty, sun-kissed vibe, even if you've been inside for the greater part of a year. It's a subtle change, but makes a big impact, and it's a great way to get ready for the warmer weather ahead. 

According to Nicole Tabloff, a colorist at Chicago's Maxine Salon who coined the term, vacation glow hair is perfect for all hair types and works on both virgin and dyed hair. Basically, it consists of subtle highlights and a warm gloss that adds tons of dimension and shine—and makes you look like you've spent a week at the beach. 

“Subtle, light-reflecting highlights one or two levels lighter than your base are the perfect way to add new life to your existing signature shade,” says Tabloff. “Ask your colorist for an express balayage, where they will strategically paint only a few balayage pieces to frame your face and a sprinkle in your parting depending on your haircut.”

After the balayage, your colorist should apply a warm gloss a few shades lighter than your base. This will make the highlights really pop and will give your hair that warm, beachy feeling. This works on most hair colors, but the effect is most noticeable on darker blonds and brunettes. 

In addition to being super pretty, this color needs minimal maintenance. “Upkeep the balayage every three to six months and refresh the gloss when you have your base touched up, or as needed for extra warmth and shine,” says Tabloff. 

Ready to take a mental vacation? Scroll on for some of our favorite takes on the trend, below.