Let’s talk haircolor terms, dolls!

Ever wonder what we mean by all of those haircolor terms we use on social media? You’re in luck, as we’re about to explain them to you. In layman’s terms, of course!

It’s important to understand what you’re requesting when you discuss your desired color with your hairstylist. No matter how skilled your service provider is, it can be difficult to manage expectations when you’re not speaking the same language.

Haircolor Terms

Here’s a handy dandy list of some important haircolor descriptions to use when choosing your next color or consulting with your Get Dolled Up stylist.


Bronde is a dimensional mix between brunette and blonde, and is perfect for someone who wants to warm up their haircolor without going too bright. Deemed the classic “seasonless shade” of 2017 by InStyle Magazine, bronde fuses the two colors creating a sun-kissed and easy to maintain end result. Bronde is universally flattering and can be adjusted to best compliment your skin tone.


This trend is taking the hair industry by storm! Meant to mimic the subtle, dimensional color of a child, babylights are delicate highlights created using very fine slices of hair. Many guests even bring in pictures of their children for inspiration. It’s ideal for fine-haired guests who want to update their look while still looking natural. Although the initial appointment may take a bit more time than a traditional highlight, babylights are a low-maintenance approach to lightening. They grow out gradually and without distinct regrowth lines.


An oldie but a goodie, balayage is a more natural approach to a sombre, or ‘soft ombre.’ There are no distinct lines between the light and dark parts of the hair. Instead, you have a seamless blend of multiple colors. Balayage is derived from a French word that means ‘to paint.’ Our stylists strategically select slices of hair and hand paint them for a natural, sun-kissed look. The result is a graduated, multi-faceted color that is truly timeless.

Ombre and Sombre

The word “ombre” comes from “shadow” in French, and it is the transition of a light color to a darker color in the hair (dark at the root and much lighter at the ends). It is a more noticeable color change than balayage or sombre, and works fabulously on brunettes. It seems fairly easy to recreate this look using at home color…but trust us, it isn’t! Sombre is essentially a “softer” version of ombre (hence the S!). Your stylist would likely blend the lighter color at a higher point to create a more natural look.


Perhaps the most variable of techniques, colormelting can be utilized to create a variety of looks ranging from natural to striking in vivid, bright colors. Colormelting literally MELTS two or more colors together to create create a seamless look and eliminate harsh lines of demarcation. Stylists can use multiple shades of haircolor or toners to create this customized look. This technique “tricks” the eye into thinking that two or more colors could naturally flow and blend together.

All caught up on your stylist’s lingo? We hope so! We’re excited to talk shop with you at your next appointment. Feel free to bring in some pictures, too! We’re happy to show you the difference between these various styles.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!


The Get Dolled Up Team