Changing the colour of your hair can be daunting. Highlights, Lowlights, Ombre, Balayage – hair colouring techniques can be quite confusing. But it doesn’t have to be!
This is your all-inclusive guide to hair colouring techniques and the effects that can be achieved when they are done correctly. Hopefully, this guide will help dispel any confusion about colouring your hair and will demystify myths surrounding some of the most popular colouring techniques.
First Up… Highlights
The Technique: Highlights are an oldie, but goodie! They are one of the most popular colouring techniques. When highlighting, hair dye is applied using a weaving technique to get a mixed coverage, meaning the stylist will weave a comb through your locks and select small sections of hair to apply the dye to. True highlights involve applying colour to the roots, lengths and ends of the hair so the colour coats the entire hair shaft. Foils and heat are used to encourage hair to lift to the desired colour.
The Technique: Using natural base tone lowlights throughout the mid-lengths, lowlights add definition to the ends of your hair. Lowlights can be used to break up any blockiness that can appear with some other colouring techniques. This technique is ideal for anyone who wants a subtle difference that catches the light. It is also great for people with minimal greys who are looking for good coverage that can blend well with their natural colour.
What is Ombre?
The Technique: This colour fade technique has become very popular in recent years, it uses your natural hair colour at the roots and blends into your chosen colour at the ends of your hair. By keeping your roots your natural hair colour you won’t have to regularly get touch-ups and most people prefer to let this naturally grow out further towards the ends of the strand over time. This is great if you are looking for a colour lift but you don’t want something that is expensive to maintain. You can also switch it up by using two different shades of hair dye to create a look full of depth.
Dip – Dye … not quite what you think.
The Technique: Dip – Dyed hair can be bold and brave and surprisingly it doesn’t involve dipping the ends of your hair into a bucket of hair dye and hoping for the best. With dip-dyed hair there is usually no gradient in between the colours. So, from the root to the mid to lower point of your hair your natural colour will remain. Then usually from a few inches up your hair strand depending on the effect you are going for, the hair colour will be applied. This is a popular look for people who want to experiment with bright colours. Because there is a distinctive line where the colour begins it can create a really dramatic effect.