Have you had this experience? You're bored with your hair, so you chop it off. After a few months, you decide to grow it outвЂ¦ only to cut it short again. You've cycled through this so many times that you're ready to try something different. You want to break the pattern. Switch it up. But you don't know what to do. It's safe to say, we've all been there at one point or other.В
If you're looking for a change without cutting your hair,В why not try adding dimension with highlights? It's a time commitment in the salon chair, yes, but hey, all good things take time, right? There are various kinds to choose from, from balayage and babylights. If you're not sure what these terms mean, you're not alone.
вЂњOften times, different colour terms can get confused or misused,вЂќ says Christine Thompson, Master Colourist and Co-founder of Spoke & Weal.В вЂњEven within the industry, new terminology pops up all the time but begins to morph into other meanings, which can lead to confusion, especially in the salon chair during the consultation.вЂќ To minimise any confusion, we recommend familiarising yourself with the different types of highlights you can get, so you and your colourist are always on the same page. And if all else fails, a picture never hurts.В
To help you get started on your hair colour journey, Thompson breaks down all the different types of highlights you can get for your hair.В Keep scrolling for your next hair change inspiration.
"Babylights are meantВ to make hairВ look slightly sun kissed," says Thompson on the petite highlights. вЂњThey can be harder to detect as a standalone highlight, but they give the hair more of a shimmer or glow.вЂќ
вЂњIf you were to compare this technique to a haircut, it would beВ a bob,вЂќ says ThompsonВ on the classic highlights thatВ start at theВ scalp.В вЂњYou would get different trends using traditional highlights by varying how close or far apart they are.вЂќGetty
вЂњThis is a technique referring to the motion of 'sweeping' or creating a seamless blend,вЂќ explains Thompson.В вЂњA lot of the times you see this in open air painting; however it can be done within foils as well." She says that balayage often gets confused as a "look," but is actually a techniqueВ of painting by freehand using a sweeping motion.Getty
This is the balayage techniqueВ where pieces of hair are placed into foils for more lightening, Thompson says. This is a good option if you're looking for more of a lift in color than hand-painted balayage, because the foil allows the hair to get lighter while its wrapped inside.ВGetty
вЂњOmbre is a look where the hair color goes from one color to another in a gradient or a shadow tone,вЂќ shares Christine.Getty
SombrГ© is an example of mashup terminology. It's the combination of вЂњsubtleвЂќ and вЂњombre,вЂќ explains Christine and is exactly what it sounds: a subtle blend of a darker shade at the root to a light shade at the ends.В
Click here for more examples ofВ brunette hair with highlights.В