The 3 Low-Maintenance Summer Color Looks
You Should Cop Right Now

As summer quickly approaches, now’s the perfect time to add a pop of color to your hairstyle.

Jen Bennett and Bambi Saunders, Rudy’s resident educators, are here with advice on three low-maintenance color looks that will have you looking sharp without quite as much commitment.

Balayage: Better than using sun-in

Have you let your color grow out for several months and now need to brighten it up? By now you’ve probably heard of balayage, but may not know if it’s for you.

Balayage is a French word that means ‘to sweep.’ It literally describes the motion that a colorist uses to paint your hair. Using their expertise, your stylist assesses your cut and customizes painting to the areas where the sun would naturally lighten your hair giving you a natural, sun-in look.

The highlights can be anything from subtle to super dramatic, creating major contrast in your locks. Either way, the grow out is minimal which makes this service perfect for someone who can only get into the shop twice a year.

Pastel Toning: Just enough color to get noticed

Have you been thinking about trying out a vivid color, but don’t want to commit to a full head of pink? Pastel toning may be for you. Think of this as the watercolor of hair coloring. A subtle pastel shade can add just a hint of the color you’re want to incorporate into your look.

A quick lesson on color theory. Tone equals warmth or coolness in your hair color. So, toning cools down any brassy tones that are coming through from a previous bleach or plays up the gold-copper tones that bring out your perfect strawberry blonde. If an all-over pastel look isn’t for you, try adding just a few panels of your favorite color woven into the interior of your look.

This service takes about an hour and fades out over time, so it’s perfect for the low-commitment, no-strings-attached type.

Gray blending: Sophisticated but still edgy

Coloring your gray hair doesn’t mean you have to cover it up completely. Instead, you should explore gray blending, which uses a gentle formula, that balances your grays to look like natural highlights. The overall look is organic but chic, allowing you to feel confident about ditching the full coverage. This color product will also soften the wiry, rough texture of your new unpigmented hair.

If you’ve been covering your gray and want to transition to a low-maintenance color, ask about removing some of the permanent color that might be built up on your strands. It might take a few sessions before your color is balanced with your natural color, but you’ll be on your way to embracing the grays. If you’re starting from scratch, this service only takes about 45minutes and adding on a blowout is optional, which makes this process perfect for the easy-going.

PRO TIP: Home care for your new hair

No matter what color service you choose, you’ll wash your color down the drain if you aren’t using a color safe shampoo and conditioner. Ask your colorist to prescribe the perfect products for your shower, or if you know you’re in need, go grab yourself Rudy’s own No.1 Shampoo and No.2 Conditioner, which are gentle enough for color-treated hair.

For anyone trying to fend off the yellow tones, try a purple shampoo and conditioner that will brighten your bleached (or naturally white) hair helping keep your color lasting longer and looking sharper. Who knows, we might even be working on this magic duo ourselves….

Still have questions?
Call your local Rudy’s for a color consultation or some advice on where to get started.
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