They’re finely painted highlights that give a sunkissed result. The topic of babylights blew up on MODERN’s Facebook the other day, so we thought we would seek out some more information about the trend. MODERN interviewed Rona O’Connor, Goldwell’s Celebrity Colorist about babylights application, maintenance and more. Read the interview below for more information.

MODERN SALON: In your own words, what are babylights?

RONA O'CONNOR: "Babylights are little strands of highlights painted through balayage or foils. I personally like them off the root by about an inch and randomly placed to accent the framing of the face, the tips of layers, and areas where they were kissed by the sun."

MS: What’s the best way to apply babylights to a client?

RO: "Use whatever method is most comfortable as a colorist, one can achieve such goals through balayage and/or foils. For some, foiling gives more control, balayage is a little more free-handed giving a more painted result. I personally like to mix them up by painting mid length through the tips and finely place the strands to frame the face. It’s all about keeping the final look natural and defined with accents of light not on the surface."

MS: How long should a client go before getting a touch-up?

RO: "Every 2-3 months."

MS: How long does it take to do a full-head of babylights? Is there a way you would recommend cutting down on the time it takes?

RO: "A full head of babylights, which I consider a full head of very fine slices or weaved highlights, depends on the individual. I personally believe less is more and I don’t believe in a full head of highlights. In my world, it’s not the modern way."

MS: Do you predict this trend in hair color will stick around?

RO: "Yes, as long as it’s not done with a full head, as time is everything to clients. As I said, less is more. I think of babylights as natural-looking accents in a haircolor complementing a haircut and a hairstyle."


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