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Learn The Language of Hair

November 11 2019
Learn The Language Of Hair

Have you ever heard the words “balayage”, “ombre”, “highlights”, or “lowlights” and wondered just what on earth people were talking about? As professionals, we know that the ever-changing lingo in the world of hairstyles can leave you scratching your head and finding it difficult to know what to ask for when you sit down in your stylist’s chair. Have no fear! We are here to help you learn the most common terms in hairstyles today so you and your stylist can be on the same page when that exciting appointment arrives!

Ombre: Derived from the french word that means “shadow”, ombre is not a technique, it’s a style. It is the transition from a darker shade to a lighter shade and generally works best on brunettes because it’s the least subtle of all the current techniques. Ombres are perfect for the girl who is more daring and willing to maintain the style. Similar to color blocking, the ombre style leaves no dark pieces on the bottom, just a nice smooth transition between the two colors.

Balayage: From another french word that means “to sweep”, balayage is one technique used to achieve an ombre-like style where the hair transitions from dark to light. The color is swept through small triangle sections of hair onto a board or foil, giving it a natural transition down into the lighter color. Unlike an ombre, a balayage does leave pieces of darker hair at the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look, requiring less maintenance and upkeep. 

Highlights and Lowlights: Highlights and lowlights are essentially partial coloring techniques, where we add a different shade to certain strands of hair so your hair ends up having depth, texture and various complementary hues. Lowlights are usually a shade darker than your natural hair, and highlights- as the name implies- are lighter. Celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Anniston, and Jennifer Lawrence are all well-known ambassadors for this look.

Here at Rodi Salon, we offer all of these color services and more! Make an appointment today by calling 703-288-3880, or come see us at 2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 181 in Vienna, VA. For your convenience, you can also make your appointment via our mobile app. Download it for free from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.