Shikha Mittal


Let Us Inspire You with These Different Hair Colour Techniques

Choosing a technique or style is dependent on the preference and taste of each individual, and dependent on the result that is desired. There are so many techniques that you can pick and choose from! For this it is necessary that you also have knowledge about different hair color techniques. So that you can achieve your best look as you want.  Mainly three techniques are preferable by most people that are balayage, highlights, hand-painting, sombre& ombre. To know what are these technique then here is some insight into each to help you get started. 


Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair color requests in salons today. Balayage comes from the French and it means to 'sweep'. That's exactly what is done in this technique. Balayage is a freehand technique in which hair color is applied using a free hand, much like art. More specifically, it describes the trendy method in which professional hairstylists weave in highlight. With balayage, your hairstylists will freehand strokes for a more natural, sun-kissed result. So you can say that the sun's rays did all the work for you because it looks that effortless. The balayage hair color is typically seen on brunettes who want to lighten up their look, but blondes and redheads have joined in on the trend too. Perfect for summer, or really any time of the year, you'll feel lighter and even more radiant with these beautiful hairstyles.

  • Natural look: Balayage is done from the bottom to the top. The hairstylist would start at the tips of your hair and move their way up to the mid-length. This is what makes it look so natural.
  • Low maintenance: It is all about sun-kissed, grown out and slightly unkept. It is a low-maintenance look that grows out gracefully.
  • Dimensional hair color: Balayage hair color is traditionally darker at the root and lighter at the ends. There are also traditionally tends to be some face-framing lighter pieces. Although there are many different customizable types of balayage hair colors, painting lightener onto your hair is the name of the game. Lightening your natural color is easiest but you may
    Customizable: Your stylist can choose and mix a color suited to your skin tone and perfectly place that color so that it frames your face and brightens your features. Also you can balayage a short pixie crop, but for best results, balayage on thicker hair that sits below the shoulders.


Highlights are a hair color technique that never seems to go out of fashion. The hair color technique adds depth to your hair, adding a multi-dimensional effect. If you have never dyed your hair, but want to, starting with highlights is a good first step. Most salon services offer highlights. Highlighting is partial coloring based on shades and consists of coloring certain sections of your hair in fine strands. The highlights blend in with your initial color to boost your hair and perfectly enhance your cut. It is perfect for adding warmer tones to brunettes or making blonde hair look brighter. However, it is not recommended for red hair as such an intense color can be rather difficult to add different shades too. Furthermore, it adapts to all lengths and textures; it can create depth on curly hair or give an impression of volume to straight or fine hair.

  • Highlights along your hairline, through the top of your head and around your face can produce instant hair color transformation with minimal impact on your hair.
  • They’re versatile. Hairstylists have many, many tricks for highlighting your hair, and they can change your hair color in a number of ways.
  • Highlights are economical.
  • It makes your fine hair look and feels thicker.


Hair painting is a hair highlighting technique that involves using your hands to get natural-looking highlights, hence why it’s sometimes referred to as palm painting. As opposed to balayage, there are no strict rules on where the highlights should be placed. The hair color is painted onto the colorist’s (gloved) palms and then spread onto your strands in larger sections, leaving you with soft highlights that blend naturally into your hair without the risk of demarcation lines. Painting the hair with much heavier saturation, often applied underneath each section for maximum brightness

The terms “balayage” and “hair painting” are often used interchangeably in the salon, but (this may come as a surprise)—they are not the same technique!  Hair painting is the technique where painting the hair with much heavier saturation, often applied underneath each section for maximum brightness. Its placements are very creative rather than French balayage because balayage takes section thin, ribbon-like sections whereas hair painting technique takes section wider plank. Results of hair painting are varied— it can be subtle or super dimensional, melted or ombré and can be cool-toned if enough lift is achieved


Flamboyage is a new hot trend and a low maintenance hair color technique. It is a combination of ombre and balayage, where transparent adhesive strip is used to color the hair or there is also different technique to achieve soft peek-a-boo highlights.


A slightly edgier look than its BFF below, an ombré style is darkest at the roots, gradually transitioning to a lighter color at the ends. Ombré is also sometimes called “color melting.” It’s a freehand technique, and depending on the range of hues you or your colorist choose, you can make it as dramatic or as under the radar as you want. A reverse ombré is just the opposite—lightest at the roots, darkest at the ends. It’s a fashion-forward look perfect for those who like to turn some heads, and is amazing on long hair with the space to show the tonal spectrum off.


If balayage and ombré had a baby, sombré would be it. This super subtle ombré style requires less upkeep because it features less color variance from roots to ends. The trick is to take the darkest hue at the roots, then working it through the lengths for a smoother transition from top to bottom. Sombre is a more “light version” of ombre. This technique looks a bit more natural because it requires less contrasting shades. Because of the more natural contrasting shades, this technique requires fewer touch-ups and therefore making it lower maintenance and less expensive alternative to its more obvious counterpart, ombre. The result is like the most stunning, grown-out color you’ve ever seen, delivering a laid-back cool look that’s polished and chic. It’s also a great way to dip your toes into the ombré trend without going full throttle.