The dry, short hair is combed so that the hairs stand as straight as possible (perhaps blow-dried to create the desired configuration). Next, a haircolor mixture (or bleaching mix) is made and painted onto a sheet
of foil or waxed paper. The paper is then held so that the mixture-painted side can be rubbed along the tips of the hair in a back and forth motion. In many ways, the way you would buff a pair of shoes being shined.
The mix is allowed to process and the color results in a “halo” effect. The technique is great for giving a “sun-kissed” look to the hair, or to add a glow of color to the overall look of the hair.
When looking to add color effects to long, blunt-cut hairstyles, one option that can be useful is “peek-a-boo panels” of lightened hair or bold color. When the hair is styled to hang down normally, the color panels
are unnoticeable and may simply “peek” from beneath the surface as the hair moves.
The benefits of this is that the hair can be worn in a conservative fashion where appropriate, and still allow for styling to reveal the individuality that is desired. The technique involves taking the hair and
lifting the upper layers and securing them out of the way. Then “panels” are isolated in the lower sections of the hair and plied with the desired color mix. Once processed, the result is panels of color that are
concealed between layers of unaltered hair.
As a variant on this technique, the panels can be made smaller and simply be placed on the underside of the hair, along the lower edge of the perimeter in the nape and side sections. In this case, the highlights or
accent colors become visible when the hair is pulled up into more casual styles.
For the truly dramatic effects with color, there’s targeted coloring. Of course, most special effects color techniques are targeted coloring, but in this case we are referring to what are usually broader zones of
color or artistic interpretations of color applications.
Examples of targeted coloring include a variety of effects. Among these are:
“Tipping”: wherein layered hair is colored only on the ends of the hair, or in random slices on the ends, in order to add visual interest and detail to a layered style. Usually this technique is
used with cuts that include choppy layering.
“Zones and Edging”: this technique is generally useful with clean-edged, geometric styles, like a bob cut. The color effects are isolated to specific zone, such as the fringe, or along the bottom
edge of the cut. They may also include interior lines that soften or reshape the overall shape of the cut. (For example, an interior edge to the color zone that curves at the point where the cut has a clean, hard corner.