'Fluid Hair Painting' Is the Weirdest, Most Incredible Highlighting Trend

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A new highlighting hair trend is taking balayage to the next level in one of the weirdest, most amazing ways we've ever seen. And it looks incredible.

The technique (called "fluid hair painting") involves applying highlights throughout the hair for the dark-to-light ombre or pops of color. Just like balayage, your stylist will do fluid hair painting by applying bleach or color freehand for more a more natural, effortless look. But instead of sitting up straight, you will lay back against a color table as your stylist takes strands of your hair and colors them up against the table's surface.

Yeah it sounds (and looks) kinda wacky, but KL Christofferson, the Michigan-based hair colorist who created the technique, explains it in more detail. She says that fluid hair painting uses the table to help control the coloring process more than with your typical balayage.

"Instead of the client sitting up (as in a traditional balayage), we have them reclined in a chair with their head resting at the edge of a color table," KL told Modern Salon. "Because the hair is fanned out, it gives me the ability to thoroughly look over every strand to see how the color melts from top to bottom. Plus, no matter how the client parts their hair you're able to give them a tailored, multidimensional color because you can visually see how everything will collapse together."
The technique is incredibly versatile, giving you the perfect amount of sun-kissed highlights if you want something natural or the most ethereal blend of blues and greens to get that galaxy ombre you've been lusting after on Pinterest.

The trend is also spreading quickly across the globe with salons in Germany, Sweden and Canada catching on to the kooky hair craze. And with KL offering classes to teach other stylists the technique starting in December, you can expect to see this style everywhere.

Scenes from yesterday! Pastels + #FluidHairPainting = MAGIC! ✨ #opalhair #cheekystrut #balayage #fashioncolors #pravana

A photo posted by KL Christoffersen (@mermicornhair) on

We're so ready to get in that chair! Paint us like we're Van Gogh's Starry Night; we are your canvas!

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