New Hair Coloring Techniques
Hair coloring is a field that’s always changing and evolving because people are always developing novel techniques and modifying old ones to achieve new looks. For example, there was a time when highlighting didn’t exist! Somebody invented it to recreate in a salon that radiant and sun-kissed look that you get after spending enough hours out in the summer sun.
Techniques like this are always being created and developed by stylists and colorists, and what it means for you is even more choice when you sit down in the salon chair. On that note, here are three new hair coloring techniques that you can expect to see in hairdos around town.
SunBun is a new coloring technique that was created by Harriet Muldoon at the Blue Tit Salons and Academy in London. It was inspired by the tie-dye look that was popular in the 1990s and came about to meet the demands of the increasing number of clients who wanted to sport multiple hair colors at once. To create the look, you start by lightening or bleaching the hair.
From there, you divide the hair into multiple sections and tie each section into a topknot. Then, you apply different colors to the knots, placing contrasting colors beside each other. After that, you just let the color set and wash out as normal. The result is a bold, three-dimensional head of multi-colored hair, and no two color jobs will ever be the same.
Floodlighting is similar to highlighting, in that some of the hair ends up a lighter shade than the rest. But the difference is the effect, because floodlighting is meant to make hair look like a ray of sunshine is always falling on it. To create this effect, which was created by Karine Jackson, you apply tint all over the hair, and then apply highlights directly on top, without rinsing in between. When all is said and done, your hair looks like its always being sunlit, which gives you a brightness and radiance on even the dullest of days.
Tri-coloring sounds like what it is: you use three different colors on the hair simultaneously. However, what isn't obvious is the effect this technique achieves, because tri-coloring is meant to replicate the delicate color differences that you often see in children’s hair: dark at the nape, lighter at the front, and in between in the middle. To ensure that the transition is subtle, each color is only a quarter to a half shade darker/lighter than the one beside it, so it’s nearly impossible to tell where one shade begins and another ends.
The Saturn technique, which was also created by Karine Jackson, is sort of a new take on ombre, but instead of having dark at the roots and lights at the tips, the hair transitions from dark to light and back to dark again (the name and technique was inspired by the rings of Saturn). You can either go really bold—like having brown or black hair with a blonde “ring”—or you can go subtle and have less of a difference between the two shades.
Hair coloring techniques are always changing and evolving, and staying on top of new techniques can help you stay on trend with your styles. If you're looking for a new look to try out, ask your colorist about SunBun, floodlight, tri-color, or Saturn. Your colorist will be able to point you in the right direction about color options that will complement your natural pigments and tones and will ensure a flawless application so that you leave the salon with a perfect new ‘do.