3c89fd8b4530f25adce2 scruples hair color placement guide

With a wealth of knowledge, and terms both old and new at our fingertips, the world of color is ever-evolvingHair color trends seem to change as much as the weather does and can be just as unpredictable. To ensure a seamless consultation for stylists and perfect color for clients, take a peek at our ultimate guide to hair color placement.

Single Process Color is the placement of a single color over your entire head. This can change your color (lighter or darker) and usually requires root touch-ups every 4-6 weeks. It is commonly applied to cover grays and can be used to add shine or perk up your color.  

Highlights brighten up your hair. Placed around the head in various techniques – you can either use lightener or dye to lift the color to desired tones. This technique is great to use on all hair types and can be tailored to a specific style and color. You can either create highlights using a foil method or with balayage – a freehand painting technique.

Lowlights are used to deepen hair color. They can be applied using the same technique as highlights, but have the exact opposite effect as they darken your hair instead of lighten it. Lowlights can be used when you need depth within your color.

Balayage is a highlighting technique created by strategically hand painting the hair. If done properly, it is the easiest way to create beautiful, natural, low-maintenance color.

Babylights are a technique of highlights that are used to create soft changes in hair color. The key to babylights is placement and technique – this process involves the placement of very fine highlights to achieve a very natural look. 


Now that we’ve decoded some of our favorite color techniques, be sure to speak with your stylist about the option that is best for you based on your desired outcome, lifestyle and upkeep!

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