As Spring approaches you may be wanting to do something a little different to your hair. Maybe you are wondering about some of the new fun techniques you are seeing on Pinterest or Instagram. I mean "Jane Fonda looks great with Grey Hair so why shouldn’t I?". Maybe you just don’t even know what it is you want, and who could blame you? I mean, with so many coloring services available, it does get very confusing when it comes to deciding which color technique to choose.
I am going to try my best to help you understand some of the terms you may hear or see when it comes to hair, so when you are booking with your stylist you will have a better understanding of what to be booking for. Of course your stylist will never be opposed to you scheduling a consult, especially when it is your first visit or you are wanting a change.
What is an all over color?
This is a term that seems to confuse a lot of women. When we use the term “all over” we mean you will have a pretty solid look. Depending on the brand of color used or percentage of natural grey on your head you may still see a little dimension, but it is a solid color. We use the same term when we are applying it roots (regrowth) to ends or just at your regrowth.
All over color is not for the low maintenance client. You can expect to start seeing “grow out” within a week of getting your hair done. This does not mean the color washed off, just simply your hair is constantly growing. Most all over color clients are getting their color done on average of every 4 weeks, depending on contrast between natural color and the color you have chosen.
If you do not want to see any of your grey, all over color is best your choice.
Foils, Highlights, Balayage, lowlights, baby-lights omg what do I choose?
We have so many terms and techniques for highlights these days it is hard to know what it is you are wanting and trust me as a stylist every time we turn around they are adding a new technique or changing what it’s called so no wonder it can be frustrating.
Understand that also each of these techniques requires different booking times and comes with their own price tag. This is where as a stylist, we never have an issue with you booking a consultation with us. When we are able to see your hair in person and look at your inspiration pictures we can better asses which technique or techniques will be scheduling you for.
We do not expect you to understand what things are called but here are some simple clues.
Foils: This really is a tool. It has become pretty universal term for highlights now that not many of us pull you through a cap. Many of the other techniques still require foils but if you see this term as a price on a menu you can be assured it is a traditional highlight service.
Highlights: Simply means lighter pieces of hair placed within darker pieces of hair. We use many techniques to achieve this.
Lowlights is the opposite of highlights. Sometimes we do a combination of highlights and lowlights in someone’s hair.
Is your head hurting yet?
At this point we still have not decided though if we are doing traditional or a specialty technique.
Now we need to understand how much or how little, as well as, how high maintenance or low maintenance you are. This is where a lot of the techniques will come into play.
Traditional highlights: These are the highlights you see come all the way to the root, well as close to the root as we can without spots.
Baby-lights: this is a lot of little highlights. This can also be referred to as a fine weave.
Foilayage: This is one of my favorite to do for my low maintenance clients. It gives a rooted look already so the grow out is less noticeable.
Balayage: This is open air painting on the hair and was never meant to be those black and blonde looks you see all over Pinterest and Instagram. This should just mean your hair has been kissed by the sun. Understand that it takes time of getting this service over and over to achieve those bold looks.
Ombre: This is not one asked for as much anymore by name but we are still doing forms of it even if you don’t know it. Simply put the color slightly changes as it goes down your head from darker too lighter, was traditionally done as an all-over technique.
Money Pieces or facial highlights: These are just placed in your fringe or bang area and are generally bolder and lighter than the rest of the highlights in your hair.
Shadow root: This is done as a color and highlight service where we go back in after doing traditional highlights to give a rooted look that is cooler and darker than your natural.
I think I have the basics covered but again there are so many it is possible I am forgetting some or more techniques will be introduced after this is published. Try not to get so fixated on the actual technique we are using. Show your stylist your inspiration photo and then let them decided which is best for you.
Now, I want to talk Corrective and Fashion Color…
Corrective color is simply anytime we are making changes to an artificial color. If you have been coloring your hair a certain color such as red and now want blonde, you are getting a corrective color. Corrective is not only for those who had their color messed up. Corrective color is never something we can guarantee as we are no longer working with what we call “Virgin” hair. Artificial color does not remove or cover like natural hair.
There are also other things we have to take into consideration as well. Previously colored hair is damaged hair no matter how well you take care of it. So depending on porosity and elasticity we may or may not be able to give you what you want. Understand if we say no, it is because we care about your hair.
Fashion Color is essentially also a corrective color. I think the most popular fashion color right now is women coming in who have been coloring and covering their grey for years and now want us to turn their hair grey. Most Fashion color services take an entire day with your stylist. Some, depending on what you are wanting, take multiple visits. And all of them require special at home care and maintenance.
Finally, I want to reinforce the importance of home care and maintenance on all your color services. If you want to keep your color looking great and lasting you will want to use whatever brand of Shampoos and Conditioner your stylist carries and recommends. The products they have in the salon are designed to help with the longevity of your color. My favorite is always Jack Winn
Special note: Color is on your hair until it is cut off. The only exception to this rule is color that washes out after 1 shampoo. Hair grows on average ½” every 6-8 weeks