Different Coloring Techniques

Hair color follows a variety of fashions and trends, just like clothes and shoes. This means that every season brings innovations from top colorists around the world. However, it’s really easy for the uninitiated to get lost in a sea of highlights, ombres and balayages. If you’re new to hair coloring or want to explore one of the latest techniques, we can help you pick the one that’s right for your new look.

All Over Color

Perhaps the most basic coloring technique is the all-over color. Essentially, this means that all of your hair is dyed the same shade. This is a straightforward technique that can completely revolutionize your look in a single afternoon, especially if you choose the right color. If you opt for this approach, be aware that you’ll have to visit the salon regularly to keep your look fresh.

Highlights and Lowlights

Highlights and lowlights are two more highly popular coloring techniques. Highlighting involves dying sections of your hair to be lighter than your natural hair color. Lowlighting does just the opposite by dying some sections darker than your natural color. Either technique can add tremendous dimension and texture to your hair. Other benefits include showcasing a favorite facial feature or making your face appear slimmer.


Balayage is a particularly stylish highlighting technique. The word “balayage” translates to “paint” or “sweep” from French, and it’s the perfect name for this approach. A stylist lightly brushes or paints a lighter hair color or bleach onto the outermost layer of the hair. This gives a natural, sun-kissed look that really makes the hair glow.


Another fashionable highlighting technique is known as babylight. Think back to those summers when you were a kid and all of those long days you spent outdoors. The result was lighter hair around your hairline. This highlighting technique achieves the same result using very small amounts of hair in each foil.

Hair Painting

Fluid hair painting is an excellent choice for people who want a more adventurous look. Your stylist will “paint” color onto your hair. This technique makes it possible for the colorist to get really creative. Some of the latest trends like opal hair, which captures the multi-faceted colors of the opal gem, are created using this technique.


The ombre coloring technique is being seen more frequently in magazines and on runways. With this style, the hair starts out darker at the root, then gets lighter and lighter with the tips being blonde or nearly blonde. This is a dramatic look that’s favored by many actresses and models.

From the simple application of a single color to the complicated painting of several hues onto various sections of hair, almost anything is possible with today’s sophisticated techniques. Ask April or one of her team to help you create a one-of-a-kind look that is uniquely you.