Palm Painting Will Give You the Summery Highlights of Your Dreams

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Over the past few years, colorists have gone to extreme lengths to create the sparkling babylights of childhood summer's past with balayage. But for those who believe that techniques like fluid hair painting (opens in new tab)—which involves having a client lay down while their hair is sprawled out on a flat surface—are convoluted, a new method simplifying things, Palm Painting, is surely a welcome change. Not to mention, it brings a whole new meaning to "hand-painted" color.

The brainchild of Marcos Verissimo, color director at Neville Hair and Beauty in London, it consists of making the inner surface of the hands the application tool in favor of a brush.

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And it's already a hit with Verissimo's fellow colorists across the pond such as Georgie Mathers, technical artistic director at TONI&GUY. "Palm Painting is a progressive play on balayage," Mathers tells Harper's BAZAAR UK (opens in new tab). "It allows colorists to be 100% free hand, melting color into the hair with their palms."

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While traditional balayage will often follow a formula with different sections, palm painting is freehanded to avoiding mottling for a sun-kissed, eat-your-heart-out-Gisele finish.

As we've observed with the aesthetic shift from pronounced ombré to smooth sombré (opens in new tab), great summer hair color is all about a natural-looking gradient effect, which allows more wiggle room for grow out. And so far, the palms do not disappoint.

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Lauren Valenti
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Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.