Depending on how dark your natural hair is, and how well your hair reacts to lifting - you may require a potential toner. (Wait, so hair doesn’t lift ashy?? 😱 LOL.)
Time in salon: 1-3 hours.
Upkeep: 6-10 weeks.
Balayage: This technique is beneficial to those that prefer a more “lived-in” look, or less maintenance/time commitment. For those who have thick hair and want to create texture, dimension, and movement, the balayage process is recommended. It focuses on the mid-shaft and ends of your hair. The balayage process is a free hand - off the root technique, allowing for a softer regrowth. We recommend this for warmer hair tones.
Time: 1.5-3 hours
Upkeep: 3-6 months
Ombre: Yes, we know what you’re thinking — people still do ombre?? The answer is yes. The technique is still fairly popular. The look, however, is what shifted. If it is done properly — no, you will not look like you’re from 2012. What separates this technique from balayage or highlights? The root of the hair is colored darker and gradually lightens up towards the ends. This gives a high-contrast look, with a seamless blend.
Time: 1-3 hours
Upkeep: 2-4 months
At the end of the day, the stylist should be able to know what look and technique will best fit you (look, routine and lifestyle). It is as equally important for clients to have an understanding and education of the different hair coloring services. More often than not, misunderstanding happens within the consultation. Have pictures to show your stylists, and be clear about your desired outcome. Be honest about your time and financial availability — you want your hair to work for you, not against you.