Shay Mitchell, is that really you? The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star has lightened up her hair for summer and we’re totally loving her new look — but are you? Vote below and sound off in the comments!
When Shay Mitchell, 26, took to Instagram on July 16 to show us her brand new ‘do, we could hardly believe it was her! The actress is known for her dark brown, glossy locks but recently ditched them in favor of some sun-kissed highlights. We think Shay’s hair is absolutely to die for and got the inside scoop about from Shay’s colorist, himself!
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Shay has gotten the occasional highlight here and there, but we’ve never seen her go this light before! Shay’s hair looks perfectly sun-kissed and golden. While her hair is obviously much lighter than it was before, the actress’s hair still has its trademark shine and beachy waves.
Joico colorist, George Papanikolas, colored Shay’s hair at the Andy LeCompte Salon in Los Angeles with honey-colored balayage highlights. As opposed to traditional highlights, which use foils, balayage highlights are hand-painted on by a colorist. Since no foils are used, there are no harsh lines or demarcations of color throughout the hair, which gives it a very natural, Gisele vibe. George says after painting on Shay’s face framing highlights, he then went and “back-comb[ed] a few large pieces and highlight[ed] the ends to get the ‘ombre’ effect with the lighter ends. Back-Combing the hair before you highlight diffuses the highlights so that they don’t look like they’ve been dipped in bleach”. He added that Shay’s look is perfect for all brunettes looking to lighten up as the bright highlights “are a great way for brunettes to get an instant pop of lightness”. By keeping the lines of the highlights soft, you keep ”more depth in the root area you get more flattering tones for darker complexions like Shay.”
The sun-kissed results are perfect for wavy, beachy hair like Shay’s!
So tell us what you think of Shay’s makeover, HollywoodLifers! Do you like her better before or after? Vote below and tell us in the comments.
– Sarah Hopkins
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