Pretty much the second the sun comes out and the temperature starts creeping up, we start day-dreaming about doing something drastic but tasteful with our hair, like getting blonde highlights. It doesn’t even have to get above 20 degrees and we’re already picking out bikinis, thinking about day-drinking and booking an appointment with the hairdresser to get that perfect, summery blonde update to our hair.

So, we are very excited to hear that there’s a new type of blonde balayage around. New York-based hair colourist Christine McMillen has a fresh take on blonde for people with naturally darker shades. She has just introduced the new look on her Instagram and declared it ‘Sand Hair’. It is, of course, the perfect name because it makes us think of digging our toes into the sand, drinking cocktails by the sea and getting salt on our skin. The summer dream.

A customer of Christine’s came in with light brown hair and she gave it a multi-dimensional dark blonde update. “It is a hand-painted balayage that we glossed with medium blonde tones called ‘mirage,’ ‘Irish creme,’ and ‘butter cream,” Christine told Allure. “The overall process took us about two to two-and-a-half hours, but can take longer for anyone with a darker natural color.”

Because this colour was painted on, it should last a bit longer than usual highlights. Christine says it’ll stay for about four months, and the tone will fade over 24 washes. If that happens, just pop in for a refresh and get back to the beach.

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