colour melting

That Melting Feeling: Why Colour Melting Is Making A Comeback & What You Need To Know About This Daring Trend


If you’ve ever had a hair dyeing disaster of any kind, then you’ll probably welcome any information on techniques that help to produce the best dyeing results. Although some people actively try to achieve harsh contrasts in colours through techniques like the dip-dye effect, if you want to get a smooth transition between hair colours, colour melting could be your new best friend.


This #ColorMelt by @jamieshairworld is reminding us of the Northern Lights – stunning! #Matrix

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So, what exactly is colour melting?

The technique itself has been around for a long time but it seems to have been reborn with a new, cool name. The big difference between colour melting and your usual dyeing techniques is that colour melting involves using multiple shades, so that the colours effectively melt into one another.

Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Also, sounds a bit more time-consuming as well! The overall objective is to get the most natural blended colour transition that you can get when using different colours. The technique can be used to melt pretty much any colours together. So whether you’re going for subtle brown with highlights or you’re going full-on mermaid rainbow colours by using several colours on each strand, you can get a seamless transition of colour.


Want to know if it’s worth the bother?

You want to see a before and after picture don’t you? There are some excellent examples of the powerful results of colour melting on Instagram. Try Singi.vo, a freelance stylist from Texas with over 30,000 followers. There’s also robertovitaro_hairstylist, the Instagram account of an Italian stylist who has shared a video of the colour melting technique, shown below.

If you have veered away from having highlights because you remember the pain you once went through waiting for them to grow out (such was the contrast!) then colour melting could tempt you back. It is similar to the balayage technique but with an extra colour shade (or more) to enhance the more naturally blended look.


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How does it work?

It’s far from a simple technique, so if you’re a hairdresser, it probably will take a lot of time to perfect and get it just right. However, to summarise the process, you start with the face-frame and ensure that it is fully balayaged. Next up, balayage the mid-lengths with less lighter threads as you get towards the roots. When you have fully balayaged the hair, apply a shade between the top balayage shade and the roots.

Sound complicated? It is a little bit, but it’s definitely worth it! Colour melting is a great way of getting beautiful colouring this autumn without having to worry about harsh streaks. Having different colours in your hair shouldn’t mean having visible lines of different colours and with colour melting, the overall result is far from that.

You may have seen your favourite celebs rocking this look for some time and just not realised that their awesome style is all down to colour melting. You can guarantee that most of those red carpet hairstyles were achieved with some excellent use of the colour melting technique.

So, the next time a client comes to you and asks for something that’s “a little like balyage, but not balyage”, point them in the direction of colour melting. No doubt they’ll thank you for it!

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