If you’re sitting there scratching your head wondering what on earth curlyage is, don’t worry, we had to Google it the first time we heard it too. Put very simply, this stunning curly hair color trends technique gets its name by merging two words, Curls and Balayage. Now you start to see what it’s all about! So, curly-haired people who dreamed of beautiful balayage locks but thought they were out of reach, your time is now!
Read on to discover all you need to know about the curlyage color trend. Find out how it can work wonders for you and your spiral-esque tresses.
How Does The Curlyage Technique Work?
Just like balayage, curlyage uses a painting technique to add lightener and color to your hair. That said, there are quite a few differences within the process. To help you understand, we’ve listed the basic steps below so you know just what to expect at your most exciting hair appointment to date!
- Firstly, your stylist will section out your hair
- From here, they can begin selecting which areas and pieces of your hair need lightening
- As we said, the lightener is painted onto your locks in a similar way to balayage, however, it’s done in a way that protects the hair and maintains the integrity of your curls
- Your stylist knows the importance of proper placement when it comes to this particular curly hair trend. Therefore, they’ll be positioning the lightener based on your unique curl pattern throughout this lightening process
- Once the lightener has worked its magic, a toner, color, or gloss is applied to achieve the desired shade
- Once this has taken and your hair is ready to be washed. Ask your stylist to use a sulfate-free shampoo designed for curly hair
Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at all of the most gorgeous, trending curlyage colors for 2021…
Opt For An Irresistible Mix Of Brown And Blonde
Those of us who love to keep our curls looking natural yet decidedly elevated will adore the curlyage technique. Not only will it make your hair appear beautifully multi-dimensional. It’ll also give a sun-kissed look to your locks that’s particularly perfect at this time of year.
With this, light to mid-brown hair will always look stunning with a soft blend of honey blonde or caramel-colored curlyage. It’s the perfect way to highlight your brown hair, showing off its stunning natural color. It’ll also add an almost imperceptible color lift that elevates your natural shade by giving a deeper, more sumptuous edge to your curls.
If your hair is darker shade of brown, a stunning blend of bronze or bronde tones will look seriously beautiful!
Speak with your stylist about the overall look you want to achieve and they can either paint lighter pieces all over or simply run them through the ends for a more unique, yet no less beautiful, take on the trend.
Stand Out In Trending Red Shades
As curly hair color trends go, curlyage is certainly one that can help you stand out from the crowd. Therefore, if you’re currently searching for a popular curlyage shade that’s a little more unique than those classic brown and blonde tones. We highly recommend turning your attention to the color red!
Now, the shade you choose is of course up to you. If you’re really looking to make an impact and aren’t concerned with your hair looking totally natural, you can always opt for a fiery red shade that makes a dramatic statement. After all, trendy curly hairstyles should be about fun and expressing yourself so this is a valid way to go!
On the other hand, if you’ve chosen this technique because you want your hair to look lifted but not obviously dyed, choose one of 2021’s top trending hair colors, auburn!
We’re quite literally obsessed with auburn locks right now and the way they add such a beautiful, tonal finish to already brown or very dark blonde locks is honestly dreamy. It’s also a great way to have fun and experiment with a new color that will not only make your hair feel new but will also feel subtly playful. As perfect for spring and summer as it is for autumn and winter too? What’s not to love?!
Finally, if you have black hair, don’t go thinking these vibrant red colors are unachievable! Though there may be a more extensive and possibly lengthier lightening process, it’ll totally be worth it and means this color can absolutely work for you.
The only question, will you opt for a daring shade of apple red, or does a more subtle amber tone take your fancy? Either will look unforgettable against your sultry black locks. So you really can’t go wrong whichever way you decide to go.
Be Truly Unique In Dramatic Shades Of Black
Speaking of standing out, we suggest to black hair looking to cause a stir with their curlyage this year. Be bold, and opt for beautiful shades of black and blue.
Now, we understand you may be questioning whether this is a hair color that can really work for you. Our answer? It definitely can. If your hair is naturally black, both bold and icy shades of blue are not only incredibly cool but also undeniably pretty options when it comes to emphasizing the natural shine and hue of your curly locks.
Not to mention, few around you will have this stand-out mix of shades. That means your curlyage will likely be unique to friend group receiving an endless stream of compliments wherever you go!
Summer Highlights Are Our Forever Go-To
If you ask us, highlighted hair for summer will never go out of style. Happily, this natural-looking technique is the ideal way to achieve it in a modern way.
What’s more, no matter the color of your natural hair, curlyage highlights will look sensational positioned throughout your curly tresses. Simply ask your hairdresser for a sun-kissed look and even if your hair is on the darker side, we think you’ll be surprised just how naturally they incorporate into your hair.
Embrace Your Natural, Curly Texture To Make The Most Of Your Curlyage
Now that you’ve likely decided which curlyage color is right for you, let’s talk about the importance of looking after those curly hair color trends!
The whole idea of curlyage is to follow your natural curl pattern to make the added color look natural and well blended. Therefore, overly processed, rigid curls really aren’t the desired look! Instead, we suggest using a sulfate-free shampoo designed for curly hair. And also plenty of nourishing conditioner through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Plus a weekly hair mask for good measure!
This routine will ensure your curls stay soft, bouncy, and healthy. The best way to emphasize your newly colored locks in a natural touchably soft way.