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What’s the Best Colour Option for Your Hair? Use this Handy Guide to Find Out!

If you’ve ever looked at lightening or colouring your hair, then its not surprising if you get confused about the different terminology out there. Like with any profession, hairdressers have their own dialogue of jargon and sometimes stylists forget that not everyone knows what they’re talking about! That in mind, here at Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton, we thought it would be useful to put together a quick guide to help you understand the differences between every day colour options from ombré to balayage and babylights to dip dye.

BABYLIGHTS
This is colour at it’s most subtle, called baby lights as they replicate the fine wispy baby hair from when you were very young. Very fine scattered highlights are often placed around the face to give a sense of lift and softening around the face. This is a natural look that gives depth and radiance. A gorgeous start for those timid of colouring their hair.

Examples of Natural Looking Babylights

BALAYAGE
This is when the bottom part of the hair is gradually lighter than the top, giving the appearance of sun kissed hair that’s grown out. It’s popular because it’s low maintenance (no growth at the roots!) and the look is fairly natural with soft unsymmetrical lines and a casual beachy finish. Fantastic with straight or wavy hair and best for hair that is shoulder length or longer. Balayage has been pretty huge in hair world for the past few years and it’s still bang on trend if that’s a look you’d like to explore!

Beautiful Balayage from Aveda Artists

OMBRÉ
Similar to balayage, but with a more defined difference between lightened and darker roots. Unlike balayage that plays with the existing tones in the hair, ombré is more dramatic. Wavy and curly hair are a great match for
ombré , because the curls help to blend the two dynamic shades. Half or even two thirds of the hair shaft receives the colour and you’ll see a pretty bold line in the change of colour. If you’re into a dramatic and more fashionable look, then ombré is for you!

Striking Ombre

DIP-DYE
Another hot trend from the past couple of years. This is instead of a full head of colour and is applied only to the ends of the hair. Dip-dyeing is as it’s sounds, like your hair is simply dipped into the colour! This is a fantastic option if you like playing with bold colours and like a funky playful look!

Funky Dip Dye for a Playful Young Look

Aveda colour is a perfect way to treat your hair, because it ranges from 97-99% naturally derived formulas. Every strand is drenched in natural oils that maintains the condition and gives exceptional shine!

For aftercare, Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton stylists recommend our best seller Colour Conserve. This is undoubtedly the best shampoo for keeping colour vibrant for longer. Special offer available now until mid march March is the Colour conserve Protect Colour set which includes: 250ml colour conserve shampoo and conditioner with a 50ml travel sized best sellers, hand relief and thickening tonic for just £42.50 saving you a whopping £18!

Save £18 With this Colour Conserve Protect Colour Set

If you’d like to explore our colour services with our expert Aveda colourists, book by phone, so our staff can provide you with the exact service you’re looking for – Please call 01483 306655 for Guildford or 01932 240856 for Walton and book yourself in!

Remember, if you are new to us, you will need a patch test at either of our Guildford or Walton salons at least 48 hours before your appointment.

Don’t forget – if you’re new to us or haven’t visited in 12 months or more, you are entitled to:

  • A FREE 50ml Aveda product of choice
  • A FREE Express massage or facial in our spa
  • £10 off your next booking!

Regular customer? Don’t worry, you get automatic loyalty points added to your account every visit which you can use for rewards in our gorgeous spa and salon! Ask in-store for details

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