There’s no denying that face-framing highlights have been reigning supreme for the last few years. Often also called ring lighting, rebel streaks, rogue blonde, or a money piece, it’s a style that’s not only seriously low maintenance but that also adds a little bit of interest without being over the top. It’s also a trend that recruited Queen Bey, who resurrected the ’90s coloring technique ahead of the curve.
In fact, face-framing highlights have made their way into beauty routines around the globe, with the editors at Glamour Russia singling them out as one of the biggest hair trends to dominate the country.
The reason? Well, in part it’s because they’re universally flattering, but the right shade and placement can also help to brighten up complexions and accentuate facial features. The color can be as subtle as or as bold as you like (depending on where you land between balayage and two-tone territory), and the best bit is that, given that it’s usually only two strips at the front of your face that are being dyed, it’s relatively affordable and requires minimal upkeep.
And, importantly, if you’re the sort of person that gets bored easily, they’re super easy to switch up. It’s literally just a case of dying the streaks back to your original color, or cutting them into a fringe if you’re in the mood for a more impactful change.
And now that we’re already half way through summer (sorry, but can you believe that?!) it seems that our current hair crushes are taking things a step further. “Face frames are getting larger and larger,” says Sophia Hilton, Crazy Color Ambassador and founder of Not Another Salon. “I would even go as far as to say they aren’t face frames any more. They’ve evolved to being 5 inches thick in some cases.” And looking forward, she says that we’re going to be doing more of these oversized, thick face frames.