You may know the look you want to achieve with hair color, but aren’t sure how to describe it to your stylist. It’s helpful to bring photos with you to your appointment, but in case you can’t find any, having knowledge of certain terminology and various techniques will make your consultation go smoothly and help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Current hair color trends include a variety of looks that involve fading and shading. Ombre refers to a soft, natural transition of color fading that has deeper tones at the root, with gradual lightening to the tips. This original coloring technique has created many new options for clients.
Balayage is a freehand painting technique that, like ombre, creates a graduated fading effect from root to tip. The look is softer than ombre, and a bit more natural; highlights are less symmetrical since they are painted on in individual sections. Random highlights translate into a more casual look.
Sombre, another soft version of ombre, is very subtle and works with all types of hair textures. This technique is great for first-time color clients, as the lighter sections start higher than with ombre, and the ends include both dark and lighter hues for an easier color transition. This low-maintenance look is very popular with celebrities.
Color melting uses three or more colors, and offers gradual fading similar to the ombre technique. The colors can be combined in any way, they don’t have to go from dark to light. The stylist paints the color on, blending the transitions to create a nice flow.
Express highlights focus on framing the face, offering a brightening effect, which contrasts nicely with darker or tanned skin. Glazes use a semi-permanent color to enhance, tone down, or intensify natural or color-treated hair. For more information, please contact:
The Salon Professional Academy