A Guide To Hair Colour Terminology

Hair Colour Guide At Wiles Studios – Top Northampton Hair Salon

Whether you’re new to hair colour or have been getting your hair coloured for years, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with the names of hair colouring techniques. This is why, at Wiles Studios in Northampton, our expert hairdressing team have come up with a guide to explain important hair colouring terms to help you understand and be able to ask for exactly what you want next time you come to our salon!

Don’t worry if you can’t get your head around the different lingo though, our helpful and friendly staff are always happy to explain anything and help you find exactly what you’re looking for. During a consultation, our skilled colourists will ask questions to find out what you want as well as explaining how to look after your hair so that your hair colour lasts.

With all the new hair colouring techniques that have been entering into the hairdressing world, it’s good to keep on top of the latest trends so that you can try something different if you want to. At Wiles Studios, we stay ahead of trends so that you don’t have to. We’ll keep you up-to-date and bang on-trend at our Northampton hairdressing salon.

DIY hair colour gone wrong? Keep calm and book a colour correction appointment at Wiles Studios! With all our experience in hair colouring and correcting hair colour disasters, we’ve seen it all and will never judge. The sooner you come into our Northampton salon the better as we’ll begin coming up with a plan to resolve your hair colour problems as soon as you walk through the door. Our expert team will turn your hair colour nightmare into a hair colour dream as we’ll return you to a hair colour that you love as soon as we can.

Remember: Before any hair colour appointment, you must come in for a quick skin test 48 hours prior to test for any allergies.

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The term ‘highlights’ is used when individual sections of your hair are lightened using bleach or a colour that is lighter than your base hair colour. These individual sections tend to be wrapped in foil to help the colour develop faster.

There are different levels of coverage that you can ask for, such as:

Full head of highlights – full coverage,

Half head of highlights – covers the top and sides of your hair,

Three-quarter head of highlights – covers the top, sides and crown of your hair.


Bleach is used to lift the hair to a lighter colour. People often think that bleaching your hair once will immediately lift it to a light blonde. This can be the case if your hair is already light - however if you have dark hair, it is likely to take more than one bleach to get your hair to the blonde colour that you desire. A toner may also be used to remove any brassy hues or to help create the blonde shade that you are after. Trust the process and our expert colourists to get gorgeous results!

Balayage & Ombré

Ombré and balayage both use similar techniques to create different looks. Both involve creating a hair colour that is darker at the roots but lighter at the tips of the hair. However, ombré is an all-over colour gradient shift from dark to light while balayage offers a more natural, sun-kissed look. Although blonde balayage and ombré are popular choices for these hair colouring techniques, you can use any dark to light colour that you desire. If you want a fun fashion colour like deep purple ombré, copper balayage or smoky grey ombré - just ask! Our skilled colourists love to delve into the colour palette to create something beautiful and unique for you.

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour

Not sure if you want to commit to one hair colour just yet? Semi-permanent hair colour lasts up to eight weeks and fades out with each wash. This means you can try out as many different hair colours as you like without the commitment. If you’re new to hair colour then this can be good way to try out a hair colour before getting it done permanently! Semi-permanent hair colour is also great for those of you that love changing up your hair colour as you can try a new one out every eight weeks.

Make sure to keep in mind that the base colour of your hair will affect how vividly the colour applied will show up on your hair – if you have lighter hair then it will be more vibrant than on darker hair. Semi-permanent hair colour is ideal for fashion colours such as bright hair colour or pastel hair colour. Whatever hair colour you’re hoping to achieve, make sure to speak to your Wiles Studios colourist first so they can explain the best way to get the hair colour you want.

Book An Appointment At Wiles Studios In Northampton

Now you know the lingo, all that’s left to do is to book your hair colour appointment at Wiles Studios in Northampton! To begin your hair colour journey, just call us on 01604 604042 or book online using the pop-up button at the side of the page.