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When we’re talking hair, the term “low-maintenance” often pops up first. Who has the time, patience or dollar for anything less than low-maintenance?

The hair color trend we’re currently obsessing over is as low key as they come – no rushing back to the salon every six weeks for root touchups. This low-maintenance trend embraces your roots and places color further down the hair shaft than typical balyage, and we’re so here for it. Tons of celebs are also embracing this laid back, effortless vibe, from Margot Robbie to Miley Cyrus. Here’s what you need to know about Autumn’s hottest hair trend; citrine blonde…

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Why Citrine Blonde is Trending 

“Citrine blonde is the perfect trend for Autumn/Winter. Summer is a time when we lift our color, our clothes are lighter, the sun is shining, and we all want to look sun-kissed. The balayage and baby lights become lighter when we walk around in the sun. Now, when transitioning into Autumn, our clients want to bring down their color without looking too dark” explains Maria Dowling, Creative Director of Maria Dowling Salon and award-winning colorist here in Dubai.

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“Citrine blonde is far lower maintenance than a single color [esdpecially if you have naturally dark roots], but the golden tones are still bright. The look is a variation on ombre, which is a trend that doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. It’s just taken a more modern form, whether it’s balayage mixed with ombre or baby lights. It’s now about smudging at the root area. Where the root section ends will depend on the length of the hair. It works on short hair and long hair.” And we have to agree with Maria, this feels like a much more grown-up, sexier take on ombre, and it really looks great on all hair lengths.

(P.S. If all that hair lingo confused tf out of you, check out this post where Maria explains what it all means!)

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The Rule of Citrine Blonde

“A rule of thumb for long hair would be to aim for the ear level in a horseshoe shape, moving deeper down the back of the head. We would still do balayage and let it develop, before rinsing off the color, towel drying and applying a deeper color to every section, starting at the back so you can rinse off that area first. It’s all about graduating the color. It’s important to keep it fresh and bright around the hairline [and face] which looks fabulous when you’re tying your hair back. The end result? Deeper color at the roots smudged down balayage underneath and warmer tones in the lighter blonde. If a client has darker hair with warmer undertones, I would make the blond cooler. It’s a lived-in look but fresh and new at the same time.” But regardless, Maria confirms “It can work on any color, brunette with honey tones and blondes can blend really well.”

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How to Keep Citrine Blonde Looking Fresh

Maria tells us, “If the color at the root area is darker than your own hair color you will have to do your roots and highlights around the hairline approximately every six weeks. You may also need a toner on the lower blonde but your hairdresser would advise you during your consultation. I always advise going to the salon prepared, with photos of what you would like to achieve.”

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Would you guys try this trend? Let us know in the comments below.