1. Level; This is how we describe how light or dark your hair is. We use a level system where every natural hair colour is associated with a number.
2. Roots, Ends & Mid-Shafts; Roots are the hairs closest to your scalp, this is also refereed to as regrowth. Ends are of course the ends of your hair. Mid-Shaft is everything between the roots and ends.
3. Cuticle; The outside layer of your hair. We refer to the cuticle in terms of how healthy the hair strand is. Split ends are an example of a damaged cuticle.
4. Toner ; This is a colour! Demi permanent in nature it is most commonly used after a lightening service to correct or refine the tone of the hair. A toner can last 6-8 weeks depending on your beauty regime.
5. Ombre vs. Balayage (bah-lee-AHGE) ; Ombre is a style of hair colouring that starts dark and melts in to light. Balayage is a technique of "painting" on the hair. It is often misinterpreted because of the desire to achieve a softer look which some clients feel is unattainable with a traditional foiling service. Your stylist will always pick the correct technique to achieve the look you are going for. Balayage can also be used to create an ombre look, therefore we love when you bring in pictures so we can see exactly what you mean.
6. Filler ; You will hear this term when a client asks to go from light to dark. A filler colour must be used to add warmth and depth back into the hair before the darker colour can be applied. Using a filler allows you to have a solid finish.
7. Gold vs. Brassy ; Just because you have warmth to your hair does NOT make it brassy. Think of all the golden beauties out there like Blake Lively, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston. The term brassy is often misused when describing unwanted orange tones in the hair. Remember warmth is a sign of life!