Rhea Burke on the differences in various highlighting techniques

Rhea Burke on the differences in various highlighting techniques

Being stuck in a beauty rut is no fun. One way to breathe new life into your look is by changing up your hair color. For some fresh and fun ideas, check out these  popular haircolor techniques. One of them might just be what you’ve been looking for. It is always a great idea to take a look at pictures of hair that you like on Pinterest, online or magazines. Show your stylist and talk about why you like certain pictures and even why you might not like others.

Foil Highlights are sections of hair coloured lighter than your natural shade. They’re the opposite of lowlights, which are strands of hair that are coloured darker than your natural shade. Highlights are a great way to add blonde into your hair while still looking soft and keeping some of your natural colour in your hair. You can do just a few highlights or you can do a lot of them depending on the look that you are going for. Foil highlights are weaved in a consistent pattern leaving half the hair in the slice left out and half coloured .

Balayage is a French term, which means to sweep or paint. During a Balayage service which is a highlighting technique. The technique is more free hand and customizable. Most balayages are pained in triangular shapes leaving the look more natural and lower maintenance. The result is soft, natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights that easily blend in as hair grows longer.

Babylights is a highlighted look that consists of tiny subtle highlights that resemble the sun-kissed highlights you’d get around your hairline as a child. They get their delicate appearance due to the very small amounts of dyed hair that are separated and placed in each foil.

Ombré Is when your root haircolor gradually fades into a much lighter haircolor at the ends, such as blonde.

Ombré normally has a solid darker colour at the top and a lighter solid colour at the bottom blended together in in the middle . If your hair isn’t already dark, you may want your colorist to deepen your natural shade at the roots for a more dramatic Ombre ; however keep in mind that darkening the top colour will make this look higher maintenance.

Think of sombré as the subtle sister of ombré. With this look, there’s a lower contrast between the hair at the roots and the hair at the ends, and the dark shade at the roots subtly gradates into the color at the ends for a more seamless blends.