Roots are in. Having dark at your scalp with lighter ends is the in style right now. Two of the most popular ways of accomplishing this is Ombre Color and Color Melting. Easily mistaken for one another there are huge differences, and I have a preference for sure! This is to give examples of them each and to show the differences between them, also for any stylist that read this the basics on how its done.
Drew Barrymore is a perfect example of ombre color. Dark roots, light ends. To achieve ombre the hair is teased at the scalp, the amount of teasing varies based on how much of a root look is wanted, tease and inch worth or tease four inches worth. Then taking strands from the unteased section of hair you highlight those.
I’m not saying this is a bad look, it isn’t, it very popular right now, it just isn’t my preference.
Color Melting Second
Color melting is one of my most favorite techniques. It gives a far more natural sunkissed type look to any color. As seen in my previous post Sara Jessica Parker is a great example of color melting. She is lighter on the ends with dark roots, but it is more blended. There are a couple highlights that reach almost to the scalp.
It takes a little more effort to achieve this look, but I believe it is well worth it. Section the hair to work with the hairs natural parting. In each foil you use three different colors. First apply a dark base color to the top of the foil, then use either bleach or a highlift blond at the bottom, blend the two colors with a clear coat. The clear dilutes both colors enough so that you can’t truly see where one starts and the other ends. Use this technique with alternating amount of dominate blond and dominate dark so that the start of the lighter pieces are spread throughout the hair, avoiding the line that ombre color leaves.
Balayage has been around forever, and there are new ever improving twists on this technique. With it you have full control over your color placement, and it does give you a more natural look that traditional highlights do, but it does not give you the melting into one another look that color melting has.
It’s hard to keep up with ever-changing trends, these are at least trends that work with your budget since it does encourage darker roots. Enjoy being stylish you hair guru you!