Ombre, babylights, balayage, color melt hair and everything in between – how are we supposed to know the difference between all these hair trends?! Hair color techniques have come a long way since the traditional ombre, and we’re about to introduce you to one of our favorite hair trends. You know when hair color flows and blends together so gorgeously it’s hard to tell if the hairstyle was created by a professional colorist, or it’s just their natural (amazingly perfect) hair color? Say hello to color melt hair.
What is Color Melting?
With color melting, the colors in your hair should blend together so flawlessly that you shouldn’t be able to tell where one hair color ends and another begins. Color melting is a technique that blends highlights with the base color of your hair so there’s no harsh lines or clear distinction between the different colors.
Whether you’re getting highlights, lowlights or a new pastel hair color, color melt hair is all about that flawless melted effect. Multiple shades are used in color melt hair to create the smooth transition. It’s a hair trend that makes any hair color look like it could’ve happened naturally – even with purple hair.
How Does Color Melt Hair Differ from Ombre & Balayage?
We’d like to think of color melt hair as the evolution of balayage and ombre. There’s a noticeable difference in hair color from the roots to ends with those hair coloring techniques. But with color melt hair, the color cascades down so flawlessly from the roots to ends that there are no distinct lines in hair color.
With ombre, there’s a clear distinction from the root color and the end color. Balayage went the next step and created a “painted on” effect that transitions the root to end colors a little more subtle. But color melt hair goes the extra mile and blends the colors so flawlessly that the hair gradually becomes lighter and lighter. The goal for color melt hair is for the color to blend seamless and natural.
How Do I Get Color Melt Hair?
Even though this may seem like a hair color trend only available to A-list celebrities, anyone can get this look with the help of the right stylist. The beauty of color melt hair is that it can be done with literally any hair color you desire. It’s gorgeous when it’s melted with blonde, brunette, or red shades. But it’s just as beautiful when it’s done with wild hair colors like lilac, rose gold, blue or blush.
Here is a little inspo for your color melt hairstyle.