Many if not all clients these days come into the salon armed with a photo on their phone that they have pinned from Pinterest. “I want my color to look like this” they say as they point to the picture.
They were scheduled for hillights, they told the receptionist on the phone they want highlights, but upon looking at their photo, we instantly know they want something a bit different and a bit trendier. We as stylists may ask questions along these lines. ” So I see there is some face framing lightness going on in this picture, do you like how it is balyaged?? Do you like how her ends are Ombred?? Are you more interested in a Contour Color.?” Thats when we get the answer from our client “Im not sure, Whats the difference?”
This post is meant to explain the differences and similarities in hair color trends that are currently being seen daily in the salon and across the country right now.
Ombre, Sombre, Color Contouring, Balyage. Every day we are performing these different color services, all with their own name and all having slight variation, but all these services originated from Ombre!! If you look around you, on pinterest, or in any magazine, you will see many examples of these trends and see that Ombre type color services are not going away anytime soon! Clients love these low maintenance colors,having their roots darker and ends lighter and having a style they can tweak slightly each appointment constantly creating a new look.So Lets see some similarities and differences of these techniques to better help you decide which one is best for you!
Similarities of all these techniques
- Low Maintenance
- Worn best on long wavy or curled hair but can be customized to look great on any hair length
- Can be dramatic or natural
- Easily changed
- Little to no highlights or lightness at the root area
- Dark roots to light ends
- Usually consists of base color or your own natural color and a hilight or lighter color toward the ends
*Lighter version of ombre
*Highlights fade off the root area making it a softer version of ombre
*Softer transistion from dark to light
*Face is framed with highlights and then gradually feathered farther and farther off the root area creating a rounded color placement
*Using the clients natural features to create a custom color that compliments the face shape
*Softening areas of concern on the face by making the surrounding areas lighter to soften the features. Example- A Square shaped face would want the forehead and jawline area softened with highlights to make them appear less harsh.
We just had a class last week on Color Contouring from our Loreal Professional educator Kim. She travels to the salon from Philidelphia to instruct us on the latest and greatest techniques and products in the salon world. We got to learn all the different techniques and placements used for Contour Coloring. As you can see in the above photos from the class, it can really make a big difference in how your face shape is perceived!!
Ready to try a new technique color for a fall look this year?? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online through our website at http://www.cameronsalon.com
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