Thinking about a new hair color but not sure which would be the right choice? With so many colors and highlighting options available today, it can be confusing to choose which one is right for you, especially with all the new terminology. Our professional colorists at Village Salon & Spa can help you sort through the options and choose a color that’s right for you. Today, we’ll talk about some of the terms for different color styles and techniques to help make your choice easier.
Balayage. It’s pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE, and you’ve seen balayage everywhere, but all the styles seem to look different, so it’s not clear what it is, exactly. That’s because balayage is a technique, not a color style. It describes a freehand style of painting the highlights strategically to create the look you want. With balayage, the colorist is an artist, creating a work of art with your hair color that’s all your own, because no one’s color styles will be quite the same. Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep,” which is what our colorists do when applying your color – they sweep it into your hair in just the right places!
Ombre. Here’s another term borrowed from the French, but this one is a hair color style. Ombre means “shaded” or “shading,” and with an ombre style, your hair color gradually shifts shades from the darker roots to the lighter ends. Ombre is an incredible look that has taken the world of hair color by storm, and for good reason – the results are stunning and look perfect for any occasion. One of the best things about ombre is that it looks fabulous on just about everyone, so it’s a very flexible style. It’s also low maintenance, requiring only minimal upkeep to keep your hair looking trendy and gorgeous.
Highlighting and lowlighting. All-Over hair color can be gorgeous, but highlights and lowlights give your hair depth and texture by adding dimensions of color that reflect and absorb light. Our colorists use several different techniques, depending on the look you want and the shades you choose. The main techniques are foil highlights, balayage, which were described above, frosting, and chunking. Foils separate groups of hair strands to be colored while leaving your natural or base color on the rest of the hair. Frosting lightens specific strands of hair, and chunking involves coloring larger “chunks” of hair for an eye-catching look.
The difference between highlights and lowlights is that highlights add lighter strands and lowlights add darker strands compared with your natural or base shade. It’s all about adding interest and dimension, and it also makes your hair appear fuller.
Another highlighting option is babylights, which are more subtle, like the gentle hair color differences you see in children. It’s a fresh, natural look that is easy to maintain.
Twilighting. Twighlighting is a mix of two styles: babylights and ombre. Twilighting is one of the hair color world’s newest trends that will be in demand for 2020. It’s very subtle with a natural look that adds dimension. The shades are brunette with golden undertones. It’s low maintenance, like many other highlighting techniques, easy to maintain, and grows out gracefully.
Foilage. “Foilage” is another hair color technique. Like balayage, our colorists highlight your hair using a special style that gives you the look you want. Foilage combines the freehand application style of balayage with strategic foiled sections for more color intensity. The result is a unique, beautiful color with endless dimensions and the look of added volume.
Now that you have the inside scoop on the latest in hair color trends and techniques, you’re ready to try a new color for yourself! Make an appointment at Village Salon & Spa and let our professional colorists create the perfect look for your individual style and personality. You can find us in The Villages of Five Points at 17314 North Village Main Blvd., in Lewes, DE, or call us at 302-644-4247 to schedule an appointment to get your fabulous new color today!