If you’ve ever marveled at the light, natural highlights found in Scandinavian hair, then you’re already in the know on the latest hair trend.
“Regardless of their hair color, their hairline, face frames and baby hairs are so effortlessly kissed by the sun and stand out so much lighter and brighter than the rest of the hair on their head,” explains New York City hairstylist Jaclyn Seabrooke. “The way the highlights peek out from underneath around the face is so subtle and flattering, as opposed to the bold, solid money piece technique that was previously trending.”
This effortless effect has given rise to the trending Scandinavian Hairline—also known as the “Scandi Hairline”—color technique. Ahead, Seabrooke shares her insight on the latest color trend we predict will be spotted everywhere this summer.
What is the Scandi Hairline?
“The ‘Scandi Hairline’—or Scandinavian Hairline—is a color technique that immediately brightens the edge of the hairline around the face a touch lighter and brighter than the rest of your hair to replicate how the sun hits the hairline.”
Typically performed at the wash basin after other highlighting or balayage services, the “Scandi Hairline” technique involves selecting a small section of hair, about half an inch wide, along the hairline. This section is then processed with freehand lightener for a duration of up to 5 minutes. “To achieve a seamless blend, it’s important that the hairline color is just one or two shades lighter than the rest of your hair,” says Seabrooke. “This ensures a natural look that enhances the beauty of your baby hairs and hairline.”
From Natural to Dramatic:
The beauty of the “Scandi Hairline” trend lies in its versatility. “This technique is not just for blondes, but can be achieved for redheads, brunettes and darker hair shades that also want brightness to soften the look of baby hairs and the hairline for a really natural brightening effect,” Seabrooke explains. “The technique can look incredibly natural, seamlessly blending with your full hair color, or it can be combined with stronger face-frame highlights for a more dramatic effect.”
Maintenance and Touch-Ups:
To keep your “Scandi Hairline” looking fresh and vibrant, regular touch-ups are recommended every 12 weeks. For brunettes and darker shades, Seabrooke recommends incorporating a gloss or toner to eliminate any unwanted brassy tones, further enhancing the natural, sunkissed look.