I can remember my grandma getting her hair “Frosted” back in the day. It involved this weird skull cap, hair pulled through with these crochet-type hooks, and lots of bleach. It was very science fiction looking.
Done by a professional, it was cool, sophisticated, and very late 80s.
BUT, my mom tried to do it by herself at home once, and she came out looking a little like a cross between Cyndi Lauper and a black and white cheetah.
Well, guess what? Frosting is back, but it has taken on a softer, more natural, sun-kissed look that is simply gorgeous.
What Is Hair Frosting?
While back in the late 80’s it involved almost your whole head, 40 years later the Frosted look has undergone some changes — definitely for the better!
The buzzy blonde technique consists of bleaching individual strands of hair a cool shade of blonde from root to tip, while leaving the adjacent, darker strands untouched.Yahoo! Life
So basically, you have lighter hair bumping up against darker hair, letting the light play off the strands, and giving your hair a multifaceted look.
It isn’t a bold and in-your-face color. It is a gentle, sunkissed look — like when morning frost kisses blades of grass or tops of trees. You know — a subtle gorgeous change from the natural deep color to the frosted tips.
Hence the name hair “Frosting.”
How Does Frosted Hair Differ From Traditional Highlights Or Balayage?
Great. Frosting uses bleach to lighten strands of hair. How is that any different from traditional highlights or Balayage?
Traditional highlights include separating the hair into sections, bleaching it, and wrapping it in foil for a certain amount of time while it “processes.”
There is no foil used in frosted hair.
Balayage is where you hand-paint sections of the hair — but they are pretty large, sweeping sections of the hair.
Frosted Hair includes singling out small strands of hair and bleaching them from root to tip, while leaving the hair around the strand the hair’s normal color.
Frosting typically uses small, cool-blonde tones to contrast the darker base color [rather than the warmer, buttery tones that tend to be used when creating balayage]. It’s easy to maintain, as it’s designed to blend into your natural hair color.Stuart Marsh, Taylor Taylor London to Yahoo! Life
Proper Frosted Hair will frame the face with it’s delicate strands of blonde hair. It will look like you have been living in the sun, giving your hair that sun-kissed look that’s simply gorgeous.
Don’t Confuse Frosted Hair With The Frosted Tips We Saw In The Early 2000s.
Nope, it’s not the same — like, at all.
When you think of Frosted Tips, you immediately think of boy bands like N’Sync, right? Maybe you think of that infamous hairdo that Guy Fieri sports. That short spiky look that has the ends of the hair bleached a bright blond to contrast the darker roots.
That is NOT Frosted Hair.
Frosted Hair is much more delicate, much more subtle, and looks a WHOLE lot better IMHO.
What Celebrities Have Picked Up On The Frosted Hair Trend?
Frosted Hair is definitely the “IT” thing right now.
Celebrities from Halle Berry to Hailey Bieber have jumped on the Frosted Hair trend, looking absolutely STUNNING.
There are even more celebrities that have been showing off their Frosted Hair. Sofia Richie has gone for the subtle Frosted Hair look, with those face framing tendrils of blonde.
Sarah Paulson is another celebrity who has taken the Frosted Hair plunge, turning her medium-length hair into a sun-kissed dream.
Suki Waterhouse is yet another celeb who has dipped her toes into the Frosted Hair pond — and her hair is to.die.for! Gah!! I love it!
The bottom line is: get yourself to your hair professional now, because Frosted Hair is where it’s at this year, and for good reason. It’s beautiful, it’s subtle, it’s absolutely stunning.