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Le French: 3 Gorgeous Ways To Wear This Trending Hair Color Technique

30 April 2019
Le French Hair Coloring Technique
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

If you’re a salon regular, chances are good you’ve heard of the hair color technique balayage. It's been one of the most sought-after color methods over the last few decades and for a good reason—it works for every hair type, cut, and color. Even though balayage isn’t anything new, colorists around the world still work every day to make the technique even better than the balayage of yesteryear and L’Oréal Professionnel has come up with an upgrade we just can’t get enough of: Le French, also known as balayage ambré.

Looking to upgrade your dark brown hair but have no idea what the Le French hair color technique is? We’ve got you covered. Continue reading for everything you need to know about the hair coloring technique and three gorgeous ways it can help your strands pop.

What is Le French?

Le French happens when you combine the balayage hand-painting technique with L’Oréal Professionnel's signature INOA cool and warm shades to create what the brand has dubbed the "ambré" effect. By incorporating both warm and cool shades, your mane will look more vibrant and dimensional than ever. Your colorist can use the Le French technique to add dimension to your already stunning natural hue or take your dramatic color transformation to the next level.

How does Le French look best?

Reading about a hair coloring technique is nice, but it’s nothing compared to seeing what the final result looks like. If you’re intrigued by the Le French technique and are looking for a little salon inspo, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite Le French hair looks.

Le French Single Balayage

One Shade Balayage

You don’t have to have multiple colors in your hair for a stunning final look. If you want to bring more dimension to your dark brown hair, opt for one shade balayage. For this service, your colorist will begin by applying the L’Oréal Professionnel INOA shade of your choice all over your mane. The warm and cool reflect of this rich shade will create the most natural-looking color results. Once your base color is set, your colorist will strategically hand-paint sections of your hair with the same shade to create an interesting contrast with your client’s existing color.

To replicate this exact shade, your colorist will use L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA 6.23/6VG + 20-vol. INOA Rich Developer.

Le French 2 Shade Balayage

Two Shade Balayage

If you’re hoping for a more dramatic Le French look, opt for two shade balayage. Your colorist will begin by applying the L’Oreal Professional INOA shade of your choice all over your mane to create your base color. Then your colorist will strategically hand-paint sections of your hair with a shade on the opposite of the color spectrum to create dramatic dimension and contrast.

To replicate this exact shade, your colorist will apply L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA High Resist 5.15/5BRv + 20-vol. INOA Rich Developer as your base color. This high resist shade will do just what it says—resist fading and stay true to tone. Then your colorist will hand-paint sections of your hair with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Mix INOA 7.4/7C with 20-vol. INOA Rich Developer.

Le French Ammonia Free

Ammonia-Free Transformation

If you’re looking for a dramatic change but want the final result to look as natural as possible, consider an ammonia-free transformation. This technique uses L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA Ammonia Free benefits and technology, by combining two ammonia-free L’Oreal Professionnel colors for a custom base color and strategically hand-painting sections of hair with a third ammonia-free L’Oreal Professionnel for a spectacular final hue.

To replicate this exact shade, your colorist will apply equal parts of L’Oreal Professionnel's INOA 4/4N and INOA High Resist 5.15/5BRv with 20-vol. INOA Rich Developer as your base color. Then, they will hand-paint your strands with L’Oreal Professionnel’s INOA 6.32/6GV + 20-vol. INOA Rich Developer.

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