If you aren’t satisfied with your hair color, there is nothing wrong with altering it a little. It’s your hair and you deserve to love it! Maybe you feel like a fiesty redhead or a sultry blonde. Whatever color you want, there are a bunch of new 2018 color trends to take you there.

One such trend is balayage. What is balayage exactly? Well, balayage is a french word that means to paint. So how exactly does that transcend to hair color? Well, it’s a coloring technique that blends with your natural hair color.

Celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward says about balayage, “It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.”

Balayage is so cool because your hair will look kissed by the sun. The whole idea behind balayage is that less is more to give you a natural looking finish. Balayage uses lighting and shade to give your hair multiple dimensions, which is super cool and trendy. Basically, it’s a good idea to do balayage if you want elements of your natural hair color implemented into your new one.

So how do you do balayage? Well, the color gets painted on the top of your hair and then it saturates throughout. This ensures that the color will be blended with your natural hair. Balayage is also often referred to as being done freehand because there is no foil involved in the process. You can also define how you want your balayage to be.

Josh Wood, who founded Josh Wood Atelier, says of balayage, “the depth of balayage can vary so much from a few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours.”

However, if you’re into variety, there are other coloring techniques you can try. Ombre is a good option for something bold and new. In the ombre look, the root color fades into the lighter color that appears in the ends. Often people will do a brown on the top of their head and then it will fade to perhaps blonde.

Another cool coloring technique that is a little less known is babylights. Babylights are little highlights that appear similar to the way the sun can lighten your hair, especially in childhood. It’s a really sweet, natural look and is quickly becoming a popular hair trend for 2018.

Speaking of highlights, those certainly will never go out of style. A good highlight can totally transform your hair. If you are looking for highlights, balayage, babylights, ombre, or really any cut or color, look no further than Salon 833.

If you are in the Fulton Market, River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, West Loop or Bucktown areas, Salon 833 is your go-to for hair and makeup. Treat yourself to a new color or look today!