Babylights are superfine strands of colour running throughout. This technique makes the hair look multi dimensional because the Babylights are so fine. Babylights are done with meche or plastic wrap. You can either go heavily or lightly depending on the finish you want, but the idea is they’re micro to look natural. If you go heavier it’s a stronger look but still lovely and soft. If you go lighter, it’s so fine it looks like you were born with it. Maintenance wise, you’ll need to retouch every eight weeks on heavier babylights, but you can go longer (12-14 weeks) on more gentle microlights. This technique can be done on any shade, not just blondes.
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children. There are softer, less noticeable regrowth lines – the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. The Balayage pieces should be very close and soft at the root leading to a thicker highlight at the ends of the hair. Balayage is applied on the surface of the section and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t vey soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.
Ombré is a technique where the colour goes from darker at the roots to gradually lighter at the ends. It also is a French word meaning ‘to shade’. The great thing about ombré is that it can be subtle or a really strong look depending on your lifestyle, and it’s really easy to maintain. Since the technique took off, colourists and clients have been playing around and are now really having fun with it. We can see all sorts of variations for all different taste levels.
Foil highlights, also called “foiling”, is a coloring process wherein sheets of foil are used to separate strands of hair—thick or thin, depending on preference. These strands of hair are covered with a color or lightener before wrapping them in foil to process. The foil keeps the lightener from getting on the surrounding hair, which means that foiling is a more controlled process. The wrapped foil also traps heat, allowing the lightener to lift more effectively, lightening the hair more. Another key difference is that foils are also generally placed close to the scalp, lightening the hair from the roots to the ends. Placement of foils can be more controlled, can lighten more dramatically, and lightens from root to tip for an all-over highlighted look. Highlights are reffered as Full Highlights, Partial or T Section, depending on the ammount of foils used.