15 Hair-Color Terms to Know Before Your Next Salon Appointment

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Making big hair decisions can be a very daunting experience. If you’re anything like us, hair changes outside of a standard trim can seriously make you reconsider departing from just a wash and style at the salon. Not only is it hard to imagine what the color process will look like after your style is complete, but there are just so many terms to keep track of. (Like, seriously, what do “rooting” and “spongelights” mean?)

As intimidating as the task may be, thankfully, more salons are offering things like color consultations, allowing you to physically sit in a chair to talk through what you may want to do for your next hairstyle. But if even that is too much work for you (no judgment), we asked a handful of professional colorists to break down some of the hair-color terms you should know before your next appointments.

From what a single-process color treatment really means to what the “sombré” technique looks like, and all the other buzzwords in between, keep reading. Gone are the days of choosing a look and just hoping for the best.

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