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The Ultimate Guide To Different Types Of Hair Colouring Techniques

Updated: Apr 9

Changing up your hair colour is a great way to freshen up your Shelburne hair and make some bold statements. Whether you want to go for an all-over colour, try ombre, balayage or something even more daring - the options are endless!  We know it can sometimes be confusing to understand all the different hair colour options and techniques.  So in this article, your Shelburne hair colour experts from Changes Hair Studio are going to explore the different types of hair colouring techniques and their results, so you can find out which one best suits you! 


What is Hair Colouring? 

Let’s start with some basics.  Hair colouring is the process of adding pigment to the hair shaft to change the natural colour of the hair. There are a variety of hair colouring techniques that can be used to achieve different looks, from subtle highlights to dramatic ombré.  If you like understanding the science and details behind things, you can check out this article we put together that goes much deeper on how hair colouring actually works: How Hair Colouring Really Works | Changes Hair Studio 

The most common type of hair colouring is called single-process, where the entire head of hair is coloured with one uniform shade. Highlights are another popular technique, which involves lightening small sections of hair with foils or a cap.  You will always get the best results when performed at the salon by a professional colourist.   

Hair colouring can have many benefits, from making the hair look more vibrant to helping cover up grey hairs. However, it is important to consult a professional before getting your hair coloured as some treatments may cause damage and/or scalp reactions if not done properly. That’s what your friendly Shelburne hair colour team at Changes Hair Studio is here for! 


Different Types of Hair Colouring Techniques: 

Different hair colouring techniques can be broadly classified into two categories: temporary and permanent. Within these categories, there are a variety of sub-categories and variations. We’ll try to simply everything with a detailed guide to the different types of hair colouring techniques: 


Temporary Hair Colouring Techniques: 


1) Chalking: This is a popular temporary hair colouring technique wherein you use coloured chalk sticks to add streaks of colour to your hair. This is a very easy and low-maintenance method that can be used to achieve a variety of looks, from subtle highlights to bold and vibrant colours. 

2) Coloured Hairspray: This is another easy and low-maintenance temporary hair colouring technique. Simply spray on some coloured hairspray onto your desired sections and voila – you’ve got instant colour! This method is great for those who want to experiment with colour without commitment. 

3) Semi-permanent Colour: As the name suggests, this type of hair colouring technique lasts longer than temporary methods but does not permanently alter the natural pigment in your hair. Semi-permanent colours typically last for around 6-8 weeks before gradually fading out. This is a great option if you’re looking for something more long-lasting than temporary methods but don’t want to commit to a permanent change. 


Permanent Hair Colouring Techniques: 

If you’re looking for something that will last a bit longer than semi-permanent colour, permanent colour may be the best option for you. Permanent hair colour will usually last around 3 months before it starts to fade. This type of colour is perfect if you want a low-maintenance option that still allows you to change up your look from time to time. 

Permanent hair colour is perfect if you’re looking for a long-lasting, low-maintenance option. It will cover your grey hairs and give you an all-over new hair colour that will last until your roots start to grow out.  

When it comes to permanent hair colouring, there are a variety of different techniques that can be used to achieve a desired look. Here, we will take a closer look at some of the most popular hair colouring techniques to help you decide which one is right for you. 


Single Process Colour:  

This is the most common type of permanent hair colouring. Single process colour involves an all-over hair colour application to lighten or darken your hair. It only gives a one-dimensional tone which can be as light or dark as your natural or current color allows. This hair colour option is popular for covering or blending grays because of its natural look 



This technique involves adding lighter or darker shades to sections of your hair in order to create depth and dimension. It is a great option for those who want to add some interest to their hair without making a drastic change. 



Balayage is a French word meaning “to sweep”, and that’s exactly what this technique involves – sweeping lighter shades through your hair to create a natural-looking, sun-kissed effect. A balayage in Shelburne can look stunning and it has been a very popular technique in recent years.  The more natural look comes from the stylist hand-painting highlights in your hair. Balayage can be done with any colour, but is most commonly seen with blonde or light brown hair. 

Ombre is a French word meaning “shadow”. This technique involves gradually lightening the hair from the roots to the ends, resulting in a natural, gradient effect. Ombre can be done with any colour, but is most commonly seen with dark brown or black hair. 




Foiling is a traditional highlighting technique that involves separating your hair into sections and then wrapping each section in foil before applying the colour. This helps to prevent the colour from bleeding and creates sharp, defined highlights. 


Pros and Cons of Each Technique 

There are a variety of hair colouring techniques available to suit different needs and preferences. Here is a rundown of the pros and cons of each technique: 


- Highlights/lowlights: Pros - can be used to add dimension and interest to your hair; Cons - require some upkeep (e.g. touch-ups every few weeks). 

- Balayage/ombre: Pros - low-maintenance; Cons - can be difficult to achieve a natural-looking result. 

- Permanent colour: Pros - long-lasting results; Cons - high maintenance (regular touch-ups required) and can be damaging to your hair. 

- Semi-permanent colour: Pros - gentle on your hair; Cons - results will fade over time and may require more frequent touch-ups than permanent colour. 


How to Choose the Right Hair Colouring Technique for You? 

When it comes to hair colouring, there are a lot of different techniques to choose from. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a hair colouring technique: 

Your current hair colour: If you're happy with your current hair colour, then you may want to stick with that same shade or go for a slightly lighter or darker version. On the other hand, if you're looking for a complete change, then you'll have more options to choose from. 

Your hair type and condition: Some hair colouring techniques are better suited for certain hair types and conditions. For example, if you have damaged or dry hair, you may want to avoid colours that require bleaching or harsh chemicals. 

Your desired look: Do you want a natural-looking colour or something more dramatic? Are you looking for something temporary or permanent? Consider your desired look before deciding on a technique. 

Your budget: We understand that hair colouring is an investment, and that different techniques will have different prices based on the time it can take and the amount of product needed.  We always recommend you have a consultation with our Shelburne hair colour experts at Changes Hair Studio.  We’ll review the different options as well as pricing so that you can make the best decision for you and your Shelburne hair!  



We hope that this guide has given you an insight into the different types of hair colouring techniques available. Whether you want to make a bold statement with a bright hue or go subtle with balayage and ombre, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Before making any decisions, it is always important to consider your skin tone and lifestyle before committing – after all, hair colour is not something that can easily be undone! With the right shade and technique chosen though, we’re sure that you will end up looking fabulous. 

We also have a wide selection of hair care products available in our Shelburne salon that can help you meet your hair goals. Don’t be shy! Visit https://

We'll see you at your next salon visit and until then, you can catch us on social media @changes_hair_studio  

Cheers, The Hair Experts at your favourite Shelburne hair salon, Changes Hair Studio

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