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AirTouch vs Highlights: Which is the Best Technique for You?

Are you considering opting for an AirTouch? This is a wonderful way to create a beautiful and layered haircut that helps to add a stunning fresh color into your locks. The AirTouch technique is a great alternative for those seeking something a little different from the balayage or ombre options that are incredibly popular on the market. 

In this blog, we thought we would take a closer look at what the AirTouch technique actually is and why you should consider it for your hair! 

What are AirTouch highlights?

AirTouch highlights are a unique technique that, rather than using teasing or backcombing to create a seamless color blend in your hair, uses air. Unlike balayage or ombre hair, which is a more freehand technique, Airtouch requires your hair to be parted into sections and then highlighted in foil. Each of these sections is then highlighted in a diagonal fashion rather than the more linear shapes that have been popular in recent years.

The AirTouch technique helps to create a more natural and versatile alternative than more typical highlights, ensuring an end result that leaves your hair shining. The more traditional methods also required highlights to be weaved into specific sections of hair, whereas AirTouch uses air to create the finish. This not only creates a more seamless look, but it also means only the stronger and thicker hairs are being highlighted, preventing further damage to fragile hair. 

The unique technique was pioneered by legendary stylist Vladimir Sarbeshev in order to help his clients who struggled with damaged hair. Proving an immediate success, it was quickly adopted by talented stylists across the globe. 

AirTouch vs. Highlights 

If you want to bring new life to your hair, then the AirTouch technique or more traditional highlighting techniques can be fantastic options. However, the AirTouch technique can help to create truly beautiful and blended results that also require less retouching. 

Traditional methods require your hair to be backcombed and teased in order to ensure that the highlighted sections do not overlap on previously dyed hair. However, AirTouch is a far more efficient and effective solution, making sure that only new growth needs lightening, which not only helps to protect your hair but also requires less time sitting in your stylist’s chair! 

Why choose Airtouch for your hair?


There are many reasons why you should consider opting for the AirTouch technique. The major benefit is that it is far safer and longer lasting compared to the balayage or ombre methods. Unlike the more traditional options, which can cause your hair to break and become damaged, AirTouch is minimally invasive and poses a far lower risk of damage. 

Not only is it safer, but the AirTouch technique is also a far more efficient and time-effective method of highlighting your hair. On average, it can take under an hour to transform your hair, blending seamlessly with your natural tones. 

The AirTouch technique is also a much comfier technique for clients. As it does not require backcombing or teasing, it is less pressure on your hair, letting the air do all of the hard work! 

How to maintain your Airtouch results 

While the AirTouch technique does last longer than traditional highlighting techniques, your stylist will help you with advice to ensure that your hair remains in the best condition possible. On average, with correct maintenance, the method will last between six and twelve months, depending on the level of highlighting that was chosen.






Want to find out more?

Are you looking to discover how the AirTouch technique can transform your hair? Here at Walking On Sunshine, our award-winning stylists are here to help you create the perfect haircut and color, leaving you feeling and looking your best. 

Our highly experienced team will take the time to understand the look that you are seeking before suggesting the perfect techniques to help you achieve it. Ready to start? Book your appointment today! 

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