Hair Colouring Techniques Explained

A Guide to Hair Colour at Gavin Ashley Hair Salon in Bury St. Edmunds

redken hair colour at gavin ashley hair salon bury st edmundsHave you ever been confused as to what hair colouring service you should ask for when you make your appointment? It can be a daunting task if you are unsure of the terminology to use and can be made even more difficult if you are new to the salon.

The hair colouring experts at Gavin Ashley Hair Salon in Bury St Edmunds have put together a simple guide on what hair colouring services are what!

Please Note: We are a colour responsible salon group; all colour services require an allergy test 48 hour in advance of any colouring or highlight service.


Full Head Hair Colour

Full head hair colour is applied all over the head from roots to ends. It can be applied as a permanent hair colour which will mean your natural colour will show as your hair grows. Or it can be applied as a semi-permanent hair colour which means it will fade over time.

Re-growth/Root Touch Up Hair Colour

A root touch up or re-growth colour application is appled directly to the roots. It is often used when covering natural white or grey hair.

Hair Glossing

Acting in the same way as a lip gloss would – a clear gloss is applied over an existing hair colour to add shine and make it look healthy and glossy.


Highlights are used to add a lighter shade to your natural hair colour and are applied through out the hair. They are applied using mesh or foil and either as a full, half or partial head of highlights.

Lowlights use the same method except the chosen hair colours are darker than the natural hair colour and are often used to add a multi tonal effect in blonde hair.

Ombre/Colour Melting/Dip Dye

Ombre hair colour is where the root colour is darker than the ends, with colour gradually blending or melting from dark to light. Dip dye is similar to ombre and is where the lower sections of the hair are highlighted or made to look like they have been ‘dipped’ in colour.

Balayage Hair Colour

Balayage is a popular hair colour trend that aims to add sun-kissed natural looking hair colour with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. Hair colour can be applied either as a freehand technique or in a foil.

The final result is soft and natural-looking rather than the uniform highlights that foils can sometimes give.

Visit the Hair Colouring Experts in Bury St Edmunds at Gavin Ashley Hair Salon

Check out our special ‘Colour Days’ where new clients can save 20% on Hair Colour. Call us on 01284 754066 to book your hair colour appointment.