What is a color melt?
A color melt is a technique where a base color is blended into another color to create dimension in the hair. This is often done by blending a base color with balayaged sections for a seamless transition from your root color to your end color.
When you have a color melt, you usually want to blend a different tone and/or lightness to the mid lengths and ends. You do this by stretching the base color down and blending it with either a balayage or with a different tone of color. Some stylists do this by alternating a balayage blend and a tonal blend so you can create depth and dimension to your color.
There are a few things to know about a color melt
Color melts are also fun to do if you have all over pre-lightened hair. You can blend a number of rainbow colors together with color melting. This is a great way to make a statement and play with different tones. It is also a good technique if you have a natural base and want to play with bright colors on the ends too . For example, if you have brown hair you could melt your brown base into copper gold and get a really cool pop of color. Talk to your hairstylist if this sort of technique sparks your interest.