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Hair techniques 101

Hair techniques 101

We’ve all heard about these fancy hair colouring techniques – but what’s the difference and how will your stylist know exactly what you want? This simple breakdown explains all ….

Hair painting

It’s a huge trend right now with some of the more artistic stylists. With this technique, the hair is painted freely, by hand and usually with an actual paint brush and palette. Hair should be laid flat and is typically separated by plastic wrap. The lightener or colour is usually not placed in any specific pattern but where it should be seen. The hard part about hair painting, is the stylist must have a super trained (or natural) eye for this kind of thing. This technique creates natural-looking and softer tones. Plus it is much faster than foils and there is no possibility of lines of demarcation!


A Balayage and ombre are very similar, but there are very obvious distinctions between the two! The word “Balayage” comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. When applying the colour for a balayage, you sweep the colour through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter colour. In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre.


Ombré is a popular look defined by hair that is dark at the root, and blends into a lighter and lighter shade as it gets to the ends. The word ombre comes from the French word “shadow”. Ombre is the actual style. Generally, ombres work best on brunettes and definitely more noticeable and typically high maintenance style. While the ombre is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right!


Babylights are super subtle and delicate highlights created using a technique that mimics the subtle, dimensional hair colour seen on children’s hair. Hence “baby”lights. This look is very natural looking and creates the ultimate sun-kissed expression on the hair. Babylights require much less hair than traditional highlights. The result is subtle but beautiful and amazing for blonde on blonde dimension!


Foilyage is another new trend similar to the above techniques. The process essentially combines the way balayage is painted and the vibrancy that foils achieves with the colour. This technique is essentially the upgraded version on balayage and a saving grace for dark hair since it incorporates foil (meaning you get more lift).


Sombré is a soft, subtle ombre that typically blends higher up to achieve a more natural look. However, the ends remain all light, with only subtle hints of dimensional darkness going through. A sombre is what we would see on blondes. That technique is more subtle, hence the word sombre.

Top 8 trendy hair colours for 2018 

  1. Rose Blonde

Millennial pink has taken over every other aspect of our lives, and this rose gold hue has moved into the hair colour world.

  1. Charcoal

If you’re starting to grey naturally, don’t head to the salon to cover it up! Smoky greys and charcoals are in this season, and it’s a welcome diversion!

  1. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl

The hair colour trend that sounds good enough to eat! Perfect for brunettes who want a trendy upgrade, this highlighted look combines tones of red and caramel bronde.

  1. Wine

Whether you call it mulled wine, burgundy, eggplant, deep mahogany, or dark maroon, this sultry shade is in.

  1. Pearl Blonde

Not as drastic as the bleach blonde every celebrity has rocked the past few years, pearl blonde is the softer side of platinum. This dreamy shade has a sheen like that coveted heirloom pearl necklace in your jewellery box.

  1. Buttery Blonde

Blonde trends are big for 2018, and this warm blonde is more natural looking than the ashy and bleach blondes that have been popular.

  1. Chocolate Mauve

This subtle look is ideal for brunettes who want to dip their toes in the hair colour water without diving in.

  1. Copper

This burnt orange, coppery hair colour is the next big way to do red. Brunettes or strawberry blondes can do the look in a subtle way with highlights and lowlights.




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