If you are thinking of trying a new colour or you know you want a change but are not sure precisely what to get, there’s no need to worry. The hair experts at Alchemy & I in Palmerston North will give you great advice on the colour and techniques that will work best for you.

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Here is a quick rundown of the most popular colouring techniques for you to discover ahead of your next hair appointment.

Permanent or Temporary?

Permanent hair colouring is, as the name suggests, a long-lasting hair colouring technique. While it may sound drastic, no hair dye truly lasts forever, so it’s not really ‘permanent’ in the technical sense of the word.

Temporary hair colouring fades gradually with each wash. However, this makes for a great practise run if you’re thinking of going for a permanent colour change. We’d recommend trying this first if the transition from your natural colour is particularly dramatic.

Highlights or Lowlights?

Highlights are a classic hair colouring technique that adds depth and dimension to your hair. It can take a while to complete depending on the length of your hair. Typically done using foils, a stylist will apply bleach by hand and leave it on for a set amount of time to allow it to lighten.

Lowlights do the opposite – darker shades are hand-painted instead. Again, this gives more depth to your hair colour and is ideal for creating a gradual colour change over time. It’s a particularly excellent choice for those with fine hair as it gives the illusion of volume.

Balayage or Ombre?

Although seemingly similar in that they both blend different colours together, balayage and ombre are quite different in their application.

Balayage is hugely popular. A stylist will paint individual strands of your hair, creating a unique, bespoke look that will suit your face. This allows you to go a few shades lighter around your face, for example, which can give you a nice sun-kissed look.

Ombre is a little more dramatic. It allows you to rock two blended colours, darker at the roots and lighter at the ends. This is a less natural look but can give beautiful results. Typically, the ends of the hair will be saturated in lighter tones while the colour is blended up the lengths of the hair.

Henna or Hair Chalk?

If you want a natural technique, Henna is the way forward. Henna is a natural dye that is much less harsh on your hair than other types of dyes. The downside is that it can be a little messy and tricky if you’re attempting it at home!

Meanwhile, if you want something temporary and really fun, go for hair chalks. At home, you can do this yourself, ‘painting’ individual strands with chalk and then washing them out again the next day. Perfect for a party, or if you want to give pastel or bright colours a go without committing to dying all of your hair!

If you’d like to speak to one of our hair colour experts, please feel free to contact us.