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From highlighting and semi-permanent color to ombré hair coloring techniques, learn what the most common hair coloring techniques actually mean, and how you can get the right type of hair color for you.

Whether you’re looking to cover gray hairs, get back to your roots (with a natural-looking color), or want to add light and vibrance to your hair with soft, face-framing highlights, knowing the definition of key hair coloring techniques will help you make the most of your next hair salon visit.

The Guide to Hair Coloring Techniques Terminology

Transforming a woman from her everyday appearance into something magical is a dream that Anthony Pazos turns into reality using hair as the medium.

Los Angeles native and celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Pazos, has immersed himself in the world of beauty since he was just a child. Coming from a family of artists, Anthony’s passion for hair and makeup has lead him down a road full of unique opportunities and success.

Known for his artistic vision and eye for perfection, Anthony Pazos has created fabulous hairstyles for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Classically trained at Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy, Anthony currently works as the lead stylist at his hair studio in West Hollywood, splitting his time between private clients, editorial shoots and film projects.

The Guide to Hair Coloring Techniques Terminology

Anthony has worked with top celebrities such as Beyonce, Khloe Kardashian, Leighton Meester, and One Direction, to name a few. With such a successful background, it’s not surprising to find Anthony’s work featured in renowned publications as Vogue Italia, Glamour, Allure, Vanity Fair, and other notable magazines. Anthony has also been featured on E! Style Network’s How Do I Look, Split Ends and was on We TV’s hit show LA Hair for 4 seasons and over 50 episodes.

Hair Coloring Techniques

To help you figure out which hair coloring technique is best for you, Anthony explains the common terminologies used by hair stylists, as well as tips on how to extend the life of your hair color.

The Guide to Hair Coloring Techniques Terminology

Ombré Hair Coloring Technique:

Ombré is a hair coloring technique that mostly focuses lighter color at the ends of the hair shaft. This effect is most helpful if you’re trying to maintain a relaxed, grown-out look. Usually, when ombré hair coloring is done properly, it can last longer than normal highlights. Due to the nature of this hair coloring technique, you can draw-out the time between salon visits.

Highlighting Hair Coloring Technique:

Highlights are a more basic version of bleaching the hair and involves foils. Pieces of hair are woven to create soft effect using the foil as a heat catalyst to lighten pieces of hair. Usually highlights done with foil can last 6-8 weeks.

A great tip is to never re-bleach already bleached hair, as a way to avoid dryness. Also color doesn’t lighten with color, so keep in mind that you always have to bleach hair to lighten hair color.

The Guide to Hair Coloring Techniques Terminology

Permanent Hair Coloring Technique:

Hair color (which is also referred to as a base color), is usually used to cover grey hairs. All hair color that is permanent is used to permanently color grey hair. Permanent hair color usually last 6-8 weeks and is true to tone, but it’s important to keep in mind that sunlight and salt water promote fading quicker. When you’re out in the sun always wear a hat to prevent fading your of your hair color.

Semi-Permanent Hair Coloring Technique:

Semi-permanent hair color is usually used to change a highlight color from gold to ashy or vice a versa. The semi-permanent hair coloring technique is a great way to enhance color without permanently altering the hair shaft (making it less drying or potentially damaging to your hair). Unfortunately, semi or demi-permanent hair coloring techniques result in hair colors that fade quicker. To prolong the vibrancy of your hair color, washing your hair with cold water can help extend the brilliance of your color.

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