an appointment for color has become a complicated ordeal. Salons often offer several
techniques, but how's a girl to know what treatment may be right for her?
count on the stylist or colorist to determine which hair
color technique is right, but don't be totally clueless.
our guide to hair
color techniques, compiled with expert advice and explanations of the most
color techniques today.
Single Process Color: Single Process
Color is ideal for covering gray and adding shine plus all over color to dull
hair. Like any permanent hair color, roots will need maintenance every four to
Double Process Color: Double Process Color is best when
lightening up by more than two shades. The first process is to remove the natural
hair pigment through bleaching, followed by a second treatment to add the pigment
of choice back into the hair. Just remember, the further from the original color,
the more obvious the roots. Tara Reid (pictured at right) is most likely an occasional
devotee of Double Process Color.
Highlighting: An alternative to
all over color services, several highlights are applied to individual strands
of hair to brighten the overall hue. This technique adds contrast and complements
the natural hair color. Highlighting requires maintenance about every six to eight
weeks. Maintenance will depend on how much lighter the hair color is from the
Lowlighting: . Lowlighting is often used to break up over-lightened hair and add dimension.
Results can be a simple subtle change or a dramatic hair color makeover. Touch-ups
are needed every six to eight weeks. Kelly Clarkson's chic and choppy, multi-color
'do is the perfect example of highlights and lowlights used in unison.
Big Bs: Blocking and Balayage are picking up steam as the new trends in color
Blocking is a process in which color is added in "blocks"
giving new dimension to just a portion of the hair, such as bangs. To add three-dimensional
color, the hair may be separated into dozens of sections with two to three colors
"blocked" in alternating sections. This service must be touched up every four
to six weeks.
Dimensional Balayage is a French hair painting technique.
The literal translation of Balayage is 'to sweep,' and that sums up the process.
Highlights are brushed on without using foils or a fine tooth comb to weave in
the tiny streaks, but instead applied using a sweeping motion, with thinner strokes
at the roots and thicker strokes toward the ends. The Balayage method garners
a more natural look and allows for an easier growing-out process; the hair appears
to be lightened gradually, from the root to the tip, mimicking the sun's way of
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