The main color applied all over the head or at the root area, before a more dimensional color technique is applied. If you usually just get highlights, your base color is your natural haircolor. If you choose to color your base, you’ll be back to the salon sooner, as your roots will show faster than if you used a highlighting technique.
A French word meaning to sweep or paint. A colorist will area-paint highlights onto the hair in a sweeping motion. This gives a much more natural, sun-kissed look, as opposed to streaky, top-to-bottom highlights. With balayage, regrowth lines are less noticeable, so the color still looks great long after your appointment. (Don’t miss the myths about hair you need to stop believing.)
Hair color that is dark at the root and gradually fades to lighter towards the ends of the hair. There are variations on this theme, including “sombré,” a more subtle version of ombré. Hair still gets gradually lighter from root to tip, but the color contrast is far less severe. Here are the secrets stylists won’t tell you—about getting the perfect color and more.