14 hair color terms to know before your salon appointment


  • Hair transformations can be intimidating, and choosing the right hair color? Even more then.
  • Terms like “rooting”, “bronde” and “balayage” can make it difficult to choose a new look.
  • We asked a professional colorist about hair color terms you should know before you book your next appointment.

Making big hair decisions can be a very daunting experience. If you’re like us, hair changes outside of a standard cut can seriously make you reconsider stepping away from just washing and styling in the salon. Not only is it hard to imagine what the color process will look like after your styling is complete, but there is just so much terms to follow. (Like, seriously, what does “rooting” or “spongelights” mean?)

As daunting as the task can be, thankfully more and more salons are offering things like color consultations, allowing you to physically sit in a chair to discuss what you might want to do for your next hairstyle. But if even that’s too much work for you (no judgment, we got it), we asked celebrity colorist and stylist L’Oréal Paris at Salon Meche, Kari Hill, to break down some of the hair terms you need to know before your next date.

In advance, find out the single or double process color and what the “sunk” looks like straight from a pro. Gone are the days of choosing a look and hoping for the best.


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