Updated: Apr 5
Im sure you've all heard the stylists at your local hair salon throw around random words, numbers and letters to each other when they're talking about your hair. On many occasion, clients try and use that terminology when explaining what they want for their hair transformation and can end up walking out with something completely different just because they used the wrong words :/ We're here to explain what some of those terms are, but our best advice to you as the client is to try and avoid using the technical terms, have inspiration photos and let us do the rest.
ROOT SMUDGE/ROOT TAP/ ROOT SHADOW:
Root shadow, sometimes referred to as Root tap or smudge is when your foils (highlights) are toned down at the root, for a softer, more blended look.
This is fully customisable from client to client, you can opt for a more subtle root shadow or a more noticeable one. So This is perfect for our blonde babes who want a bright blonde look without that “barbie” blonde feeling and also for our other blonde babes that want a heavier root shadow for a lower maintenance blonde to help extend the amount of time in between appointments.
This basically means making sure your hair isn’t one boring colour all over or your haircut isn’t all one length. By mixing light with dark, you get a more dimensional colour which is what makes your hair look more “textured” We do this by adding lowlights, toners and placing your highlights and balayage strategically to make it look like your hair has more body and not so flat.
It's especially noticeable when you style your hair in a curl or wave and it also helps to make sure when you have regrowth it isn’t so noticeable. Cutting texture into hair can make it look more voluminous and will make the hair look longer, fuller and gives the style more density.
Toner is commonly used for controlling brassy tones, but depending on the custom formula created by your colourist, it can also be used to add vibrancy or to add that root shadow to help blend your highlights down for a more natural look.
Hair tint is a permanent colour. The tinting process adds an extra layer of colour to your strands. Basically, you’re just adding a layer of pigment on top of the colour that’s already on your hair. This process should result in a subtle, transparent hue, and adds a colourful detail to your base hair colour. Tinting your hair can also result in a more sheen-filled appearance.
Lowlights are the base colour to your highlights. You could almost describe them as the opposite of your highlights! People who want a bright blonde sometimes get scared of lowlights as your darkening sections throughout the hair, but they work together to give you natural and healthy looking hair and in-turn can make your highlights appear brighter as they contrast each-other beautifully.
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