Snow might be the last thing on your mind come spring, but for icy blonds looking to brighten up, snowlighting is the technique of the season. The name refers to the placement of the highlights, says master stylist Chloe Ascott of London-based Hare & Bone who coined the term. “It’s a subtle set of highlights around the crown area,” says the pro. “When the foils are in, it creates a snowflake shape.” Once the foils are removed, the technique leaves behind a fine sprinkling of natural-looking highlights that add just a hint of brightness, resulting in a cool Scandinavian blond, as seen on Jennifer Lawrence in her more platinum days and Michelle Williams.
The dusting of colour is so delicate that, on average, Chloe uses around 25 to 30 pieces of foil for snowlights compared to 100 for regular highlights. Like any cool shade of blond, the potential for your new highlights to turn brassy in time is always a reality. To combat this, the pro recommends heading back to the salon four weeks after your initial appointment for a top-up of toner (a neutralizing and correcting agent) and to wash strands with a shampoo and conditioner created specifically for blonds.