Hair Color

Hair Color

The Hair Place is regarded as one of the most experienced Salons on the Peninsula and Hampton Roads, VA for all your hair color needs. We use the highest quality products from Surface and carry their entire product line. If you want great, quality color that lasts and looks amazing then we are the salon for you.

Call 757-868-8321 a stylist is available to schedule you now!

The types of color work and names are too many to mention here but a short list of color work we specialize in are below (If you want to know about a technique that isn’t on the list please call 757-868-8321. We are happy to help you in choosing the right color technique for your hair.


Balayage, taken from the French word meaning “to sweep”, is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent. After painting, each swatch is covered in cellophane. As balayage highlights are less systematically placed, you end up with fatter, less symmetrical, more random highlights, resulting in a more casual, beachy finish.


The word ombre comes from the French word “shadow”. Ombre is the transition to a lighter shade from a darker shade. Generally, ombres work best on brunettes because it is the least subtle of all the techniques. Ombre is definitely more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is kind of like color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colors. While the ombre is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right!


Sombre is what we would see on blondes. That technique is more subtle, hence the word sombre. With this method, there’s a lower contrast between the hair at the roots and the hair at the ends, and the dark shade at the roots subtly flows into the color at the ends for a more seamless blend. Some versions of Sombre are Bronde Sombre, Caramel Sombre and Mocha Sombre, all beautiful blurs of brunette into blonde.

Color Melt

Color Melt is a combination of many colors that, as the title implies, melt into each other by using a soft brush to move the colors together to make a seamless color change throughout the whole strand of hair. So much so that you can’t tell where one color starts and the other ends. Our clients and guests love our Color Melting Technique but be prepared for extra attention out there as your hair will definitely stand out in a crowd.

Color Correction

Sometimes we get clients or guests that are unhappy with the color of their hair and they want to go from darker to lighter or lighter to darker color hair. Although this is an unfortunate circumstance, we have had a lot of success with correcting color. Some color correction requires more effort and work than others. Much of our success in color correction and in getting our client’s and guest’s hair done right the first time is our approach during the consultation phase. Before we touch your hair, we make certain we know what you want.

Color Shadowing

Color shadowing is a technique in which we add “shadows” in various panels of the hair to accentuate color, create gorgeous dimension, and deliver stunning results in the presence of light and dark tones.

Color Blends

Color Blends are basically two or more colors that are mixed evenly throughout your entire hairstyle. It is a very subtle way to incorporate dimensional color in your hair.


Highlights are sections of hair dyed lighter than your natural shade. They can be used to give hair dimension, accentuate facial features or slim down your face. They are the opposite of lowlights, which are strands of hair that are dyed darker than your natural shade. To add highlights to your hair we use one of two techniques: Foil highlighting and Balayage.

Hair Color Terminology

Color can be complicated but here at The Hair Place we have figured
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Color Terminology: It’s important we are speaking the same language. Here are some hair industry terminology and definitions:

  1. Basecolor: Color applied at the root area or all-over before a dimensional/creative color technique is done.
  2. Contrast: Contrast is a value applied to highlights. High-contrast highlights are much lighter than the surrounding hair and provide a dramatic look. Lower contrast highlights result in a more natural look.
  3. Cool: Cool is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “cool tones” if it tends toward blue, violet or green. Cool colors include platinum blondes, ash browns, and plum reds.
  4. Coverage: Coverage is a measure of a haircolor’s ability to cover gray. Some hair color formulations are too transparent to effectively cover gray hair. Tressa Color Gels provides exceptional gray coverage with resistance to fading.
  5. Dimension: Dimension is a function of the range of tones in your hair. A head of hair that is all one color is said to be “flat” or lacking dimension. Your stylist can add dimension to your hair with highlights or lowlights.
  6. Double-process: A double-process color refers to anytime two color services are done in one visit. Generally, this is done by doing the first color service, washing and drying the hair, then doing the second color. This can include lightening the hair then applying a toner, or doing a permanent color followed by a glaze.
  7. Express Highlights: Express Highlights are done by applying a small amount of foils or painted-on pieces, usually focused on framing the face.
  8. Glaze: Glazes involve using a semi-permanent color to enhance, enrich, change, match, tone down or intensify natural or color-treated hair while harmonizing contrast.
  9. Hair Painting: Hair Painting, also known as balayage, is the process of free-handing or sweeping hair color, lightener or toner downwards in soft strokes directly on the surface of the desired section. This method is used to create dimension with a natural, softer look.
  10. Highlights: Highlighting hair means isolating select strands in the hair and treating them with a hair color or lightener to make them lighter than their base/natural color. Highlights can add dimension by contrasting with the rest of the hair and are created with foils, a cap or special combs or brushes used for painting on the color.
  11. Lift: Lift is the chemical process of lightening the color of the hair. Different hair color formulations have different lifting abilities.
  12. Lowlights: Lowlights are created by using color with foils, caps, or painted on to darken specific pieces and create dimension. Generally low lights will be 2-3 levels darker than your base color and slightly warmer. This can be used for a more natural look or create accents within the hair.
  13. Rebalancing: Rebalancing is the process of bringing the hair back into balance, and can be created with the combination of highlights and lowlights, and/or glazes.
  14. Single-process: A single process refers to any color service that is done in one step. This can be using a permanent color that lifts and deposits, a glaze, highlights/lowlights without toning, or a creative color service with only one process.
  15. Texture: Texture, as defined by the diameter of an individual hair strand, is generally described as fine, medium, or coarse. Your stylist will factor in your hair’s texture when determining your best color formulation.
  16. Trend Pastel: Trend Pastel refers to the softened, lightened hues of colors such as red, purple, green, orange, yellow, or blue. Pastel tones of color are meant as colorants and toning shades, and are best achieved when applied to very pale blonde hair to create for example rose, pink, lavender, or mint green tones.
  17. Tone: Tone, in hair coloring, is the term used to describe a specific color—”golden” blonde, “coppery” red, “ash” brown. Colors are divided into warm tones and cool tones.
  18. Warm: Warm is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “warm tones” if it tends toward yellow, orange or red. Warm colors include golden blondes, auburn brunettes, and coppery.

We hope you can tell from the effort we put in here on our website that we want to deliver hair color results that inspire you to tell your friends and family about us. Call us and get that amazing color and style today. We are available and waiting for your call.

Call 757-868-8321 a stylist is available to schedule you now!

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