Thomas Taft Salon specializes in a variety of coloring techniques to suit the needs of all our clients.  What are Your haircolor goals? Go lighter, Go darker, Enhance your color, add highlights, or cover gray?  Add highlights: We add highlights using traditional foiling techniques, Balayage and Ombre. 


If you thought the word balayage was French for some fancy dance move, you're not alone. Laurie, the educator at Thomas Taft Salon answers some common questions about it. The highlights (no pun intended):

  1. It doesn't mean painting. Balayage literally translates to "sweeping." When done correctly, the colorist takes a small section of hair and sweeps the color onto the top. Then, he or she may use a paddle to apply more color toward the bottom. This method of lightening the ends gives the colorist more control—and creates the effortless sun-kissed highlights everyone wants this time of year.
  2. It's not just for blondes. Laurie uses Balayage on her brunette and redhead clients for multidimensional color. "Hair color that is all one shade can look like a wig," she says. 
  3. It works on gray hair. Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier and more natural on your hair overall.
  4. You should cut, then color. In most salons, women get their hair colored, cut, and blow-dried by a stylist. But by booking a  trim beforehand, your colorist can work specifically to the cut, which minimizes the risk of chopping off the pretty, lighter ends (and ruining the effect).
  5. You don’t need to wash your hair beforehand. If you're adding highlights with balayage, clients can come with oily hair to protect the scalp. If you're getting a single process, there is no need to shampoo before, just make sure your hair isn’t loaded up with products which could interfere with the color coverage.

Ombre Hair Lightening:

This is a technique wherein selected strands of hair are lightened from the tips up through the middle sections hair. The word Ombre specifically refers to the undetectable gradation of color from light to darker. Both the shades of blondes and browns as well as the amount of hair lightened with Ombre is customized to each clients liking. 

Aside from being super fun to wear, sexy and totally versatile, Ombre lightening can be kept up as frequently as you desire. You can have your Ombre re-done every six weeks or never again and it will always be on point!