Hair trends come and go (and come back again), but one currently stealing the spotlight is the Scandinavian hairline trend. This transformative hair coloring technique creates a radiant halo of glow around the facial perimeter. It’s most commonly associated with blondes but, as you’ll find out later, can flatter brunettes and redheads, too. To shed light on the intricacies of this trend, we turn to the expertise of Sebastian Langman-Kirtley, L'Oréal Professionnel Global Artist, owner of The Keep Salon, and master colorist.
Keep scrolling for a breakdown of the Scandinavian hairline trend and discover its benefits, considerations, and what to expect when you hit the salon.
What is a Scandinavian hairline?
The Scandinavian hairline trend—aka the Scandi hairline trend—is a hair coloring technique designed to mimic the natural sun-kissed look of Scandinavian hair. It involves subtly lightening the baby hairs and hairline around the face one or two shades lighter than the rest of the hair. The technique creates a soft, natural-looking glow that not only frames the face but is also flattering for all face shapes. The rounded curve of the hairline created can help balance out angular features and soften the overall appearance of the face.
Is the Scandi hairline trend for blondes only?
While the Scandinavian hairline trend is typically associated with light blonde to medium brown hair to replicate that Nordic glow, it is adaptable for darker hair colors. In fact, Langman-Kirtley says, the Scandi hairline can be a universal enhancement as long as hair color, texture, and cut are taken into account.
How is the Scandi hairline achieved in-salon?
As with any color appointment, your stylist will start by assessing your hair to customize your Scandi hairline. “They’ll work with your texture and natural color” Langman-Kirtley says, and whip up a personalized shade that illuminates your features without overpowering them.
The coloring technique involves freehand painting, ensuring a completely customized look. The process of achieving the Scandinavian hairline is swift and precise. Langman-Kirtley explains that colorists meticulously select and paint strands with lightener around the hairline, accentuating the client's face shape.
“It's a quick [service] when receiving the Scandi hairline,” adds Langman-Kirtley, noting that the entire process typically takes around 30 minutes.
While DIY hair experiments can be tempting, the Scandinavian hairline trend is best left in the hands of a professional. The expertise of a trained colorist ensures not only the desired aesthetic but also minimizes the risk of mishaps and damage to the hair.
What does the maintenance for the Scandinavian hairline trend look like?
While the Scandinavian hairline trend offers many benefits, there are some things to consider before you hit the salon. Firstly: maintanence. Though the Scandi hairline is typically considered more low-maintanence than full-head highlights, you’ll still want to go in for touch-ups every six to eight weeks to keep your hairline looking fresh and prevent the lightened hair from becoming damaged. In addition to the initial cost (typically between $50 and $100, depending on your colorist and the location of the salon), you’ll need to factor the cost of touch-ups into your budget.
You’ll also want to take care to avoid brassiness, particularly if your lightened strands are blonde or light brown. L'Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox is perfect for the job—the toning range leaves hair stronger, shinier, and with less breakage. Plus, the Leave-In Styling Cream and Anti-Deposit Protector Oil come equipped with heat protectant to keep your lightened hair from fading while neutralizing any signs of brass.
A Radiant Future
The Scandinavian hairline trend emerges as a surprisingly versatile and inclusive technique, illuminating the beauty of brunettes, redheads, and blondes alike. And we can’t stress enough the importance of professional care in achieving and maintaining this transformative look. In the hands of a skilled colorist, you’ll have no problem indulging in the glow of the Scandinavian hairline trend.
Ready for more expert advice when it comes to roots and hair color? Read Hair Hacks: Tips and Styles for Hiding Your Dark Roots Between Touch-Ups.
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