When it comes to your hair, we know you love having options. We love giving them to you! And there are so many different ways you can add color to your hair — from super subtle highlights to a total all-over color transformation — in various applications. We’ve put together this handy photo glossary so you’ll never again have to wonder what “balayage” really means.





Single process. One color is applied evenly over the entire head to achieve a single shade.


(Katia Ocampo)



Root drag. The root color is taken down a few inches to mix with the hair color in a seamless way. This is a great for growing out hair color naturally.


(Britt C.)



Color MeltMore than one color is blended (or “melted”) into one another for a natural gradation with no harsh lines. You can color melt natural colors or fashion colors; pastel color melts are always popular! 





Balayage. Color is “painted” onto dry hair without using foils or a cap for a natural, low maintenance hair. Meaning to sweep in French, balayage provides movement, dimension and texture that can be as dramatic or subtle as you’d like it to be.





Ombre. When the base color is significantly darker than the ends. The gradation can be only two different colors or more, depending on how dramatic you want the color differences.





Highlights. Lighter color is applied to dry hair in “streaks” from root to end to create depth and movement in the hair. The streaks can be incredibly subtle and slim or thicker and more dramatic sections of color.


(Sarah C)



Lowlights. The application of lowlights is similar to highlights though instead of lightning the base color, a darker shade is applied to lighter hair. This is a good option for those with lighter hair who want to go darker in stages.