Color 101… Confused by all the salon terms you hear tossed around on the media or from your stylist? Allow us to clarify…

  • Single process color…this means you are getting only one color all over your hair or roots. Your stylists won’t use any foils in your hair.
  • Highlights… this means your stylist will paint in one or more colors (In foils or freehand – also known as balayage) that are lighter than your base to add some accents.
  • Full vs partial highlights…partial highlights are usually placed around the face for a brightening or framing effect, while full gets you just that---your full head highlighted. If your hair --including the back -- is dark, you may want a full highlight. If it hasn’t been that long since your last highlighting service, or if your hair, especially in the back, isn’t that dark, just go with a partial. If you are unsure, a general recommendation is to do a partial at one visit, and a full on the next. It’s a good rule of thumb and easier and better for the pocketbook to alternate.
  • •Highlights vs lowlights…this is relative to the shade of the base color versus what’s wrapped up in the foil. Lowlights are the opposite of highlights. Instead of lifting the color of the hair a few shades, your stylist will use the same foil method as highlights to take strategically placed strands a few shades darker than the natural base color to achieve a softer, darker color. If you feel that your hair looks too solidly one color, then try some lowlighting. This technique is especially good for adding dimension, depth and appearance of thicker hair while creating a more natural-looking blend.
  • Ombré vs Sombré…Ombré is taken from the French word meaning shaded or shading. This look is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft then lighter on the ends. Sombré is the same idea as an ombré but think of it as a ‘softer ombré’ with more subtlety, blending and texture between the contrast of colors.                
  • Balayage… is a French coloring technique developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foil highlighting technique. Balayage can even be used in even the shortest of pixie cuts and is great for a low-maintenance summer look!