We have put together a guide to better understand hair color and placements. This is just a rundown and a color consultation with your stylist is still recommended.
All Over / Single Process Color:
This is an all over color where the hair color is applied from your roots to your ends. This will produce one uniform hair color. This is done with permanent color and can be used to lighten or darken the hair in one single process. We use Paul Mitchell hair color, which has a beeswax base that acts as a buffer between your hair the chemicals in the hair color. This leaves the hair feeling healthy and conditioned, which is pretty unique for permanent hair colors.
Platinum Card Blonde:
This technique is an all over bleach lightener application that is used to produce all over platinum blonde colors.
A color glaze is a demi-permanent hair color that is a healthy hair coloring option. Color glazes are ammonia free and will only darken or change the tone of the hair, they will NOT lighten the hair. This is a good option if you want to darken your existing color, make it richer, warmer, cooler, etc. This is also an excellent option for you if you’re growing out your greys or natural color, but don’t want to see a horrible grow out line. Since this is a demi-permanent hair color it washes out in about 6 weeks, so you’re left with a more subtle fade back to whatever color was underneath, as opposed to having a line of grow out at your roots. Color glazes add a lot of shine and protein back into the hair.
Highlights / Lowlights:
Highlights and lowlights are used to create a more dimensional look and can be done with either hair color (both permanent and demi-permanent) or a bleach lightener. Foils are usually placed on the top, sides and back of the head depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
Quick-lights: 20 foils, usually placed on the top of the head and on the sides of the head framing the face.
Partial Weave: 30 foils, usually placed on the top of the head and on the sides of the head.
Full Weave: 30+ foils, placed on the top of the head, sides of the head and the back of the head.
Shadow Boxes: The hair from the ear down in the back of the head (the nape area) is color differently than the rest of the hair. Shadow Boxes are usually done with darker or more vibrant colors. This is a good option if you’d like to try something new but don’t want to commit to a full head of hair color.
Peek-a-boos: Usually, peek-a-books are meant to show off smaller “chunks” of a contrasting color. This is usually done underneath the top layer of hair so that it peeks through. You don’t notice the grow out of peek-a-boos as much since they are usually hidden throughout the hair with mainly the mid-shaft and ends of the hair peeking out. Bright and contrasting colors are usually used when doing peek-a-boos.
Block Coloring: Block coloring involves sectioning out shapes within the hair and coloring them. This is used to accentuate hair texture, cut and style. Block coloring usually involves larger sections of hair to be colored than peek-a-boo’s do.
Full Head of Block Coloring: This will give you a multi-dimensional hair color all over. A full head of block coloring can be as blended or contrasting is you’d like but it’s a completely unique and custom hair color placement. This is a good option if you’d like to have multi-dimensional color but don’t want to see noticable lines of grow out. This is also used to accentuate hair texture, cut and style.