A Hair Color Glossary For Newbies

There’s nothing more exciting than treating yourself to a hair appointment! Sometimes though, explaining how you want your hair colored to your stylist can be tricky. Read on to see a breakdown of popular hair color techniques and terms that Thirty Hair Salon in Columbia, MD has compiled to help you out at your next visit with us.


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Balayage is a French term that refers to the way color is applied to the hair. It’s a free-hand technique in which hair color is painted onto the hair to create a natural, sunkissed look with less noticeable regrowth. This color method is excellent if you want to add dimension and refresh your color without making a big commitment.


Bablylights are extremely fine highlights that are applied using foils and aim to make hair brighter at the crown and bottom of the hair. This subtle color technique resembles the hair color of a child and is ideal for anyone with fine hair who wants to do something less dramatic than balayage or ombré.


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Money Piece

The term Money Piece refers to the highlights that frame your face. These hand-painted highlights are typically a few shades lighter than the rest of your hair and go from root to end to brighten your overall look.



Traditional highlights are a partial coloring technique in which sections of hair are woven and lightened from the root to the ends, leaving some natural hair in-between the colored strands. This method is applied to hair using foils and is usually a lighter color than your natural hair.


Lowlights can be applied free-hand, like balayage, or with foils like highlights. They are typically at least two shades darker than hair and make your natural hair look like highlights. Lowlights can also be paired with highlights to create a multi-dimensional look.

Think you’ve got all these hair color terms down? Put your skills to the test by giving us a call at 410.381.7070 or heading to our website to book your next appointment at the best salon in Columbia, MD, Thirty Hair Salon.