Back in 2012, ombré hair and dip-dye was all the new rage. Every celebrity had it, and countless Pinterest tutorials were teaching you how to do it yourself. Next, came the balayage and sombré hair colors, which offered a more subtle variation of ombré hair. Fast forward to 2018, and it’s all about color melting… but what is color melting? And how is it different from the other types of hair color? Let me explain…
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What Is Color Melting?
This new hair color technique blends the lines of the highlights so that there are no harsh lines in the hair. Exactly as the name implies, it is when one color “melts” into the other color.
An interesting fact about this look: when hair naturally grows out, without being colored, it will be darker in the root section, and gradually lighten as it moves down the hair shaft. This is because the hair that has been exposed to the sun and elements longer will be more oxidized. In other words, good color melting will mimic a natural look, although most forms of color melting are very exaggerated.
How Is It Different From Ombré or Balayage?
Ultimately, color melting and balayage are just a variation of traditional ombré. These styles of hair color are still very popular, as most people like the low upkeep associated with them. Now, the main goal is to find as many variations as possible.
So now, what is the difference between them you ask? Ombré is traditionally lighter at the ends and darker at the root, whereas color melting can be any variation of two colors. It should also be traditionally done with natural tones and has no highlights toward the root area.
Balayage is basically ombré with highlights mixed in. There is a specific technique used to create this look and it is a lot more blended than ombré.
In a color melt, usually three or more colors are used, and they usually come from the same family to optimize the blending. The colors should seamlessly blend into each other with no line whatsoever. They are usually applied in an overlapping fashion to create this look. They can also fade from light to dark colors.
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