For as long as the methods to colour hair have existed, people have been transforming their looks with hundreds of different shades and styles on their tresses. Want to pick hair colouring that suits your complexion and ‘wow’s everyone that sees your brand-new hairdo? Having a good understanding of the different types of hair colouring techniques can help make beautiful hair colour even easier to achieve.


Highlights may be a classic in the world of hair colour, but that doesn’t mean this understated method doesn’t provide plenty of impact. Highlights typically involve lighter shades installed in subtle strips throughout the hair and can be a single colour or multiple colours to add dimensional. From the dramatic, vibrant colours of the punk movement to the chunky highlights of the early noughties, hair colour has come a long way – and there are more diverse options for natural hair colouring than ever before.


Lowlights are a great technique for anyone that feels their hair is falling a bit on the flat side – which can typically happen to one-tone colour or box colour. Lowlights bring life back into the hair, making the colour look more natural without going too far into lightening territory for a more natural finish.


Ombré comes in all shapes, sizes, and colours, but most frequently is used to blend a darker root into lighter ends. Creating a pulled-down shadow root by lightning the mid-section and ends of the hair, ombré provides a dramatic and less natural finish than your typical natural colour job.

Ombré Highlights

Ombré highlights refer to any forms of this technique that involve lightening the ends of hair to achieve that beautiful, contrasting result. Ombré highlights may also include foils to graduate lighter colours further up into the hair, resulting in a more natural and even more graduated finish in the process.


Balayage is best suited for those with darker roots but is similarly a powerful technique for anyone wanting to try out vibrant colours for the first time. From pinks to purples to incredible sunsets, balayage is an incredibly effective technique for brights and natural tones alike.


Using whites, blue-toned blonde and ash colours, babylights are a specific highlight that works best on bleached and toned locks. Specifically designed for the lightest of blondes, babylights add a bit more of a natural finish and look to bleached hair. If you’re a fan of the icy look, this technique offers the dimension and subtle, natural finish that brings bleached hair back to life.

Hair Color Chart

There are four main hair colors: blonde, brunette, red, and black and these colors can be changed slightly in tone to create a different appearance. A hair color chart shows tones from blonde to black and makes it easier to find a color in a particular range and its possible appearance on hair strands. The majority of charts provides many options for each of the main colors and in cool, warm, and neutral tones.

Sunflower Blonde




Sparkling Amber

Havana Brown


French Roast

Copper Shimmer

Ruby Fusion

Crushed Garnet

Blowout Burgundy

Chocolate Cherry

Midnight Ruby

Leather Black