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- The “Scandi hairline” is a new color technique gaining popularity on social media.
- The process involves soft lightening of the hair around the face.
- Ahead, we chat with experts about everything to know regarding the trend.
We may be smack dab in the middle of winter, but mentally, we’re on a tropical island, sipping a mai tai with our toes in the sand. We can practically feel the heat on our faces, bronzing our skin and giving our hair the perfect sun-kissed look. When this imaginary scenario isn’t feasible, there’s a new hair-color technique that might help called the “Scandi hairline,” which is meant to help fake those “just returned from a warm-weather vacation” highlights. Better yet, the process is a lot easier than booking a plane ticket.
The technique, which has recently taken off on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, is low maintenance and works on any hair color. To learn more about the trend, we tapped hair experts to learn exactly what the Scandi-hairline technique is, how to ask your colorist for it, and how to maintain the look at home.
What Is the Scandi-Hairline Technique?
“A Scandi hairline is a coloring technique that lightens the hair immediately around the face, including shorter baby hairs,” Jamie Mazzei, creative director for NuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, NY, tells POPSUGAR. “This lightening technique softens the edge of the hair and can help create a lighter, brighter look.”
While the color is typically attributed to blondes, it can also be achieved on brown and red hair. “The term Scandi stems from highlights that are ‘Scandinavian blond,’ but the technique can work on any hair color,” Mazzei adds. “The trick is to ensure that the hairline blends well with your full hair color, which is typically just a shade or two lighter than the rest of the hair.”
The effect can either be very subtle, with the focus on just the baby hairs so that it blends in with the hair right behind it, or it can be made more dramatic by combining it with face-framing highlights. Either way, the end result will brighten your overall complexion and give you a sun-kissed look.
How to Ask Your Colorist For a Scandi Hairline
The color can be applied via foils, or it can be done freehand. “Tell your colorist that you want a very soft effect around your hairline,” says Felicia Dosso, colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon. “If your stylist is doing a foil application, ask them to paint around the hairline after the foils have been rinsed.” This will allow them to pick up any of the little baby hairs that were unable to fit in the foil, ensuring that the brightness lands all around your hairline and there aren’t any dark pieces in between.
If you do decide to go for a Scandi hairline, the right hair gloss is key. “Brunettes can be tricky because they tend to lift warm and a bit brassy,” Dosso says. “To eliminate any unwanted brassy tones, make sure you ask your colorist for a cool-toned gloss.”
The best part? Maintenance is fairly low-key. “You’ll need to touch up your Scandi hairline typically every 12 weeks,” Mazzei says. “You may be able to stretch it a bit further if the color is similar to your natural color.” Dosso adds, “You’ll know when you need to come in again when you start to see a dark shadow [around your hairline].”
How to Care For a Scandi Hairline at Home
If you want to stretch out as much time as possible between appointments and make sure your color stays bright, at-home maintenance is key. “I always tell my clients to use a color-depositing shampoo and color-depositing conditioner at home in order to extend the life of their hair color,” Mazzei says. “I recommend the Celeb Luxury Gem Lites ColorWash Color Depositing Shampoo ($35) and the Celeb Luxury Gem Lites Colorditioner ($35), which are semipermanent direct dyes in shampoo and conditioner. They help keep your hair color fresh until your next salon visit.”
Dosso suggests using a purple shampoo as needed, such as the Rahua Color Full Shampoo ($38) and products specifically formulated for color-treated hair. We love the Sexy Hair Color-Safe Moisturizing Conditioner ($26, originally $32). Also, make sure you’re using a heat protectant every time you style your hair with a blow dryer or hot tools. Our current favorite is the Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist ($29).
Questions about whether you’ve just come home from a tropical vacation may be in your future.