Cutting Edge Color

While we will always appreciate Classic Color Techniques and the uniform looks that foils can create, we’ve made room in our hearts for softer, more natural looking color that can be achieved with Hand Painting. The look of gradient, sun kissed, grown out and slightly unkempt hair is here to stay and we couldn’t be happier!

Thinking you need some depth and dimension in your color? Here’s a Hand Painting breakdown to help you better communicate with your stylist. Go forth and lighten.

ba·lay·age (general term for hand painting)
a technique for highlighting the hair in which the color is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

Balayage is a French coloring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand rather than using the more uniform foiling process. The result is a more natural look where the colorist can see exactly where the lightened hair will fall.


having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.

The hair world borrowed the term ‘Ombre’ from the french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. It is usually achieved using a balayage technique and is ideal for clients looking for a low-maintenance style.

shell (of tortoise, oyster) tortoiseshell

Keeping your hair in the tones associated with a Tortoise shell; blondes, caramels, chestnuts and chocolates. This look has dimension and depth no matter the shade, and is a great way to transition with the season.

It grows out very gracefully. It’s a great way for brunettes to have some color and play with some lightness. For blondes, they can play with being a little deeper, but not letting go of brightness throughout their hair.

Hair color is no exception to the trending world. Let’s take a look at trending hair color that defines the now and indulges the experimental at heart.

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Powder Pastels

Gone are the days of vibrant pop-punk colors that raise eyebrows and turn heads. Still adventurous yet more subtle, muted pastels have made a stake in the mainstream.

Cool Metallics

Gray isn’t just for grannies anymore! Shades of white, silver, and gray-ash tresses have taken center stage with no room for warmth.

Cool Metallics