DMT Beauty Transformation: “Chocolate Chai” Is The Balayage Trend To Try This Fall
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“Chocolate Chai” Is The Balayage Trend To Try This Fall

August 27, 2020DMT Beauty

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When it comes to your pre-fall hair color appointment, the safest approach is to keep it simple. You want a subtle change, like a believably sun-kissed highlight, that will make you feel like a new person, but one who doesn't need to book a follow-up four weeks from now. (Because who knows where we'll be?)

For inspiration, let us direct you to the trending brunette balayage tone that NYC-based colorist Stephanie Brown is calling "chocolate chai" — a comparison to the hot latte in your coffee cup on a chilly September morning. From a hair-tone perspective, the dark root color lends itself to the chocolate reference, while the swirls of chai are the pale-brown highlights placed around the hairline (but off the root).

For a visual on the refreshingly simple, yet cozy hair-color trend, scroll through the gallery ahead.

Here, Brown shows the quintessential example of the chocolate chai trend. "I kept the root tone naturally dark, and just did lighter balayage highlights around the hairline," she explains. "The vibe is so subtle — it just looks like she spent a summer at the beach."

If you're planning to spend your weekdays on Zoom calls this fall, feel free to focus primarily on just the front layers. As seen on Brown's client here, the result is a hit of brightness that's almost better than a ring light.
Chicago-based colorist Sabrina Yamani Yamga proves that the creamy tone is the perfect seasonal take on money-piece highlights, as seen on her client Chiara.
When you're leaning into your quarantine grow-out, the addition of a warm-brown balayage tone gives your curls an instant refresh, as evidenced by this dreamy look by Australian colorist Jaye Edwards.
Out in L.A., colorist Cherin Choi shows a variation on the same chocolate chai vibe, but with warmer-brown highlights bouncing off the lighter blonde ones.

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