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Bring out your creative side with colour melted hair

30 October 2018
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Struggling to find the next big colour to add to your hair? Why not do a combination of a few? Forget ombre – colour melted hair gives you the opportunity to bring all your favourite shades and hues together to create a truly unique, head-turning hairstyle! 

To be fair, you may be looking at colour melted hair and thinking, “Isn’t that just a balayage-style ombre?” In other words, it looks like a masterful freehand approach to highlights where the hair shade gradually transitions from darker at the roots to lighter at the tips – just as hair does naturally through the growth process and exposure to the elements. And actually, yes, you’re right. Colour melting owes a lot to both balayage and ombre, emerging in 2017 as one of the hottest new colour trends globally.

With colour melting, the goal is to mix various shades in a colour palette seamlessly, so that they look like they’re melting together without any harsh lines at meeting points. You shouldn’t be able to work out where one shade ends and another starts, and this is typically accomplished by blending the base hair colour with highlights. Traditional ombre is a bringing together of two hues, though, whereas colour melting requires multiple shades (a minimum of three) to pull off the beautiful, subtle transition.

The best thing about colour melting is that while it can be used for more natural, everyday colours – blondes and browns, for example – the effect is just as applicable when it comes to bolder fashion tones. Think bright reds, rose gold or a striking mermaid-like transition of black to deep-water teal. Colour melting is also one of the best techniques to pull off an iridescent opal effect, just like a sea shell, along the full length of your hair.

While it’s possible to achieve these kinds of looks at home, the complexity of this colouring technique means you might want to seek out a professional colourist – even if it’s just for your first melt. This is especially recommended for women with dark hair as colour melts require some preparatory lightening to really bring out brightness and nuance. You can find your nearest salon here.

Whatever approach you decide on to colour your hair, you’ll need some reliable products to protect your new hue from fading. Matrix’s Color Obsessed Shampoo and Conditioner are a great pairing you can pick up from the salon for everyday home use, as they’re designed to enhance shine and prolong colour vibrancy.

Now that you know the basics of colour melting, it’s time to play. Embrace the trend as a fun new way to express your personality!
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