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Hair Color Techniques for Every Hair Type and Length

Taking skin tone into consideration when selecting a hue for your mane is important but what’s even more necessary is keeping your hair type and length in mind. To be sure the hair color technique you request from your colorist suits your texture and style, consult the guide ahead, with tips on finding the best hair color technique based on curly, wavy, thin, frizzy, short, and long hair—according to Chris Greene, colorist at Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills.


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Curly Hair

I like to do a wider highlight to create dimension. When the hair curls, you lose the highlight if it’s too fine. Ask your colorist for a more chunky, spaced out highlight. More around the face and throughout the ends.

Straight or Thin Hair

A finer highlight is going to be best for straight or thin hair. Straight or thin hair should have a shadow root, this helps blend the highlights and make sure there is no stripes that can sometimes happen when highlighting theses types of hair. A shadow root can sometimes give the hair a thicker appearance as well.

Fine highlights and a more blended look. This means fine weaves and a shadow root. If you have thin or fine hair ask your colorist to use a lower developer in your highlights and if they use olaplex that helps too.

Wavy Hair

Similar to curly hair you want a more piecey highlight. To show off the natural movement and dimension of the hair. Ask for your highlights to be medium thickness and more highlighted around the face and ends.

Thick or Frizzy Hair

Highlights tend to give the hair more dimension and texture. This isn’t necessarily something you want to create in thick/frizzy hair. I like to stick to a more natural look, with minimal highlights and never stray too far from your natural color. Ask for a natural look. You can have a change, but keep it soft and subtle. Also, conditioning treatments are amazing for thick/frizzy hair.

Short Hair

I prefer short hair to have a very blended beachy look. Nothing too stripy or spotty. Ask for the highlights to be very blended, almost as of the sun has lightened the hair.

Long Hair

With long hair you have more room to play. You can really go either way, fine and subtle or chunky and bold. I prefer a more natural look that can grow out easily. Ask for a highlight of your choice, fine and thin or wide and bold. Your colorist can then do a root and mid gloss to really create that soft gradation.

All of these hair types can have a pop of lightness around the face, I always love that look and my clients feel it really brightens their complexion! Be sure to ask your colorist for their opinion. They are the professional and are here to help you choose the best look for your hair type, lifestyle and look.

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