Hair Colour 101

Hair Colour Explained At Ruby Mane Hair Boutique In Surrey

Hair colour can be confusing with all the different names of techniques and changing lingo… but at Ruby Mane Hairdressers in Farnham, we’re here to help. Our expert team have created a simplified guide to help explain what all the different hair colouring terms mean so that when you come into our salon, you will know exactly what to ask for.

If it’s your first time getting your hair coloured, or you’re still uncertain what to ask for, don’t worry – our friendly staff are always happy to answer any questions and help you find what you’re looking for. During a consultation, our skilled colourists will explain how to maintain and look after your hair with the right hair products so that your hair colour lasts.

For those of you that have been getting your hair dyed for years, it’s always good to brush up on your knowledge – especially with the new trends that enter into the hairdressing world. You never know, you may want to change up your hair by asking your Ruby Mane colourist to try out a trendy new hair colouring technique!

Even if you’ve had a hair colour disaster – at home or otherwise – at Ruby Mane Hair Salon, we don’t judge. We will immediately come up with a plan to help resolve your hair colour problems and return you to a hair colour that you love as soon as possible. With years of experience in hair colouring and correcting DIY hair colour disasters, we’ve seen it all, so you can feel at ease knowing that your hair is always in the right hands when you come to Ruby Mane Hairdressing Salon in Surrey.

Important: You must come in for a quick skin test 48 hours before any hair colour appointment to test for any allergies.

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There are different levels of coverage that you can ask for when it comes to highlights. Highlights themselves are individually painted using bleach or a colour that is lighter than your base hair colour and these painted sections are wrapped in foil. The foil helps the hair colour to develop.

For a full coverage hair colour, you should ask for a full head of highlights. For colour that covers all the top and sides of your hair, then ask for a half head of highlights. If you want something in-between, then a three-quarter head of highlights covers the top, sides and crown of your hair.


Sometimes there is a misconception that bleaching your hair will lift it to white blonde straight away. If your hair is already light to begin with then this may be possible, however, if you have very dark hair then it is likely that your hair will need to be bleached more than once to achieve the blonde hair colour you are after. You may also need a toner applied to your hair after bleaching to remove any brassy tones. It’ll all be worth it though when you finally have the hair colour of your dreams!

Balayage & Ombré

Often confused with each other, balayage and ombré are on-trend hair colouring techniques that have similarities but create very different looks. For a more sun-kissed look, opt for balayage as it involves our skilled colourists hand-painting highlights throughout your hair to accentuate where the sun would’ve naturally lightened your hair in a way which also flatters your features. If you want a more noticeable gradient change, then ask for ombré as this is an all over hair colour technique where your hair will be left darker at the roots and lighter towards the tips of the hair.

The best thing about balayage and ombré is that it doesn’t have to be blonde! If you want a fun fashion colour using these techniques, our expert team at Ruby Mane Hair Boutique in Farnham can create whatever look you desire.

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour

Semi-permanent colour lasts up to eight weeks and fades with each wash. This is perfect for those that are new to hair colour as it means you can try it out without the commitment. Semi-permanent hair colour is also great for those of you that like changing up your hair colour a lot, as when it washes out you can just get something different again!

This type of hair colour is ideal for fashion colours such as bright and vibrant colour or pastel hair colours. However, it is worth noting that these colours will show up with more intensity on lighter hair than darker hair. Make sure to speak to your Ruby Mane colourist and let them know what you’re hoping to achieve with your hair colour, and they will explain the right way to get what you want.

Book Your Appointment At Ruby Mane Hair Salon In Farnham

Now you know the most important hair colouring terms, make sure to book in for a consultation to ask us any questions and begin your hair colour journey to achieve the look you’ve always been after! To book your appointment just call us on 01252 713677 or book online using the pop-up button at the side of the page.

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