These are the same as highlights
but darker, rather than lighter than your own hair, produced using
tints/permanent colour rather than bleach. Again there are lots
of variations on the terminology so just check your hairdresser's
definition when you chat about this type of colouring. Colours
range from reds to coppers to aubergines and toffees the range
is limitless, you can even get adventurous and try several different
Low lights are also an option if
you want to disguise grey hair but not loose it all together.
You can choose a colour that is the same as your natural colour
and blend out some of your greys as low-lights will cover about
30 to 50% of your hair. As not all of the hair is coloured the
re-growth will not be as strong and so only require touch-ups
every 8 weeks plus. Remember the more contrasting the colour you
chose to your grey hairs the more often it will need to be done.
The rest of the details regarding
low-lights are exactly the same as for highlights.
Splices, slices, chunks or pieces
All of these terms are used to describe
pieces of colour that are made using foil in the same way as high
or low lights but are large sections of colour rather than strands.
This type of colouring is as strong or as soft as the contrast
of the chosen colour to the rest of your hair colour. Hairdressers
often use this type of colouring to show off certain sections
of your haircut or to add interest. It works especially well for
those of you with curly hair as smaller strands of colour tend
to get lost and you end up wondering what you have paid for! It's
a good idea to find a picture of the type of texture you want
from this type of colouring and to show the hairdresser because
everyone's idea of the size of these pieces is different. Remember
you don't have to find the exact colour in the picture, as it's
the texture that's important.
Note: There is a variation
on using foil to separate the hair for high or low-lighting and
splices etc. using a type of plastic packet or glad wrap, that
either sticks or clips to the hair. In competent hands these do
work well, although the foil method when used by an expert can
produce a more personalized look for you.
For more useful information on this topic also see choosing highlights.