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Hairdresser Terminology Defined

Hi viva babes,

You already know the basic hairdresser terminology, but we know that sometimes we can get a little technical. So, we thought it would be cool to share some hair definitions with you.

We have updated our previous Colour Term Blog to keep you in the know when you come in for a fresh cut and colour.

Texture - (our favourite word at vlb haha) this basically means making sure your hair isn’t one boring blonde all over. You can’t have light without the dark, so we add in a couple of different colours and place your highlights and balayage in a way that makes your hair appear more "textured" and not so flat. It's especially noticeable when you wave your hair and it also helps to make sure when you have regrowth it isn’t so noticeable. 

Root Shadow - Root shadow is when your highlights are toned down at the root, for a softer look. The great thing about it is you have the option to pick a more subtle shadow or a more noticeable shadow. This is perfect for our blonde babes who want quite a blonde look without that “barbie” blonde feeling.

Loreal Smartbond - SMARTBOND is a unique system that protects and strengthens bonds during technical services (such as lightening and hair colour), this product is specifically designed for our hairdressers. If you need anymore information on this product let us know as there is a take home option available at viva la blonde.

Toner - Toner is commonly used for controlling brassy tones, but depending on the custom formula created by your colourist, it can also be used to add vibrancy. Toner is also used in products we sell within our salons. Toner will help make that gap between trips to the salon just a little longer, which can be a bonus! Check out our Fabuloso products online or in our salons for more information.

4D Colour - 4D colour is the new balayage! Using 4 elements of contrast to create dimension in the hair. These 4 elements are
1. Level. This is how light or dark you want your hair to appear.
2. The Colour Direction. How warm or cool do you want your hair to be? At viva la blonde our girls can help guide you to the perfect colour for  your skin tone. 
3. Horizontal Colour. This is the colour graduation from the shadowed roots to the lighter ends.
4. Vertical Colour. A neutral base that aligns with both the highlights and lowlights.

To find out more check out our 4D Hair Colour Trend check out the blog here.

Balayage - You’ve most definitely heard of this technique, but if not here’s the run down… balayage is the process of free-handing or sweeping hair colour, lightener or toner downwards in soft strokes directly on the surface of the desired section. This method is used to create dimension with a natural, softer look. If you hate that regrowth line, this is the perfect technique for you.

Base Colour - This is the colour applied at the root area or all-over before a dimensional/creative colour technique is done. Often this can be your natural hair colour.

Tone - A semi permanent colour applied to create different tones - this doesn't always mean simply " purple " toners to cancel out yellow .

We can create absolutely anything, from soft pale golds, creamy, beiges, pearly, caramel, light ash, anything ! They only last in your hair a few weeks but you can also have a fabuloso pro colour conditioner mixed up to take home with you. This will help to maintain the colour specially created for you.

Cool - Cool is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. If a colour is tending to lean more towards blue, violet or green it is said to have “cool tones”.

Warm - Warm is another tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. If a colour is tending more towards yellow, orange or red it is said to have "warm tones". Warm colours include golden blondes.

As always one of the viva team will be more than happy to chat to you about the different techniques we use at the salons. And remember to let us know if we get too carried away with the hairdresser lingo, we want to make sure you are 1000% happy with your hair and what the outcome will be.  

Hairdresser Terminology Defined | viva la blonde north Fremantle and Perth CBD