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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hair Coloring Terms

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Single Process Color vs. Double Process Color: Don’t get confused, thinking, ‘whoa, are they going to put the color on twice….’ A single process color is one tone, like making your hair chestnut or chocolate brunette. A double process means that, whatever you have requested, needs two different applications. For example, maybe you want to be light brown with highlights as well; that’s a double process service. Similarly, when going blonde, your colorist will need to bleach out the existing color, and then add the desired tone –– so that’s another double process service.


Partial Highlight vs. Full Highlight: With a partial highlight, color is applied to the crown of the head. A full highlight covers the entire head. Partials can be a cost effective way to maintain existing highlights.
Hair Painting: The process of strategically painting on highlights directly to the hair without using foil. This technique gives the most natural looking, sun-kissed strands.
Foiling: Using actual aluminum foil for highlighting and lowlighting certain pieces of hair. Foils are ideal for achieving a more uniform look with color that starts at the root.
Color Correction: Any time you need a major hair change or need to fix a bad color job your colorist will be talking to you about color correction. Color doesn’t lift color, so if it’s a real botch, color correction can take several salon visits.
Glaze/Gloss/Toner: All similar––just a different way of calling it. Applied after color, this treatment leaves hair shiny and in the proper tone of the desired shade.

By  Michelle Rotbart