Color Melting Hair Technique
First, there as the ombre, the hair coloring technique where there was a clear distinction between the two different hair shades. Then, there was the balayage, which offered a more subtle graduation between two tones, by adding a few highlights. Now, there is the color melt hair technique.
This new hair coloring technique smoothly blends the two tones of hair so there is no harsh line between the darker and lighter colors. As the name suggests, one color melts into another with a seamless transition. This creates a natural effect, even if your chosen hair colors are not natural.
To create such a natural and smooth blend between the lighter and darker tones, often a number of different colors (at least 3) are used. This means that you probably should trust your stylist only with the color melt technique unless you are a very skilled home colorist.
Get all the color melt inspiration you need with my selection of some of the best takes on the new hair color trend.
1Ash Brown Melt
This ash brown color melt is perfect for the winter season, with different cool-toned brunettes blending together beautifully. A subtle color melt look that is a great way to like dark ash brown hair.
2Smokey Silver Color Melt
It isn’t just natural hair colors that can be given the color melt treatment. It works n all colors, as long as the blend between the different tones is seamless. Just look how beautiful this smokey silver color melt is – gorgeous multi-tonal grey at the roots, to vibrant silver at the tips. Lovely!
3Golden Brown Melt
Styling the hair poker straight has accentuated how amazing this golden brown color melt is. The rich golden brown at the roots melts into a honey blonde, which melts to platinum at the tips. So beautiful!
We love this midnight color melt, with a deep navy blue shade melting into a silvery purple. The colors mimic those of the night sky for a look that is straight out of a fairy tale, don’t you think?
5Dark Chocolate and Caramel Melt Hair
Are there two hair colors that go better together than dark chocolate and caramel? It is a delicious color combination that works so well with the color melt technique. It is rich and gorgeous!
6Raspberry Melt Hair
Pink hair has been around for a while now, but there is no sign of it falling out of popularity. Try a darker and more saturated pink tone, such a raspberry, for the winter months. We love this raspberry pink to pastel pink color melt – it is so pretty, wouldn’t you agree.
7Honey Blonde Melt
There is such warmth to this golden brown and honey blonde melt. The vibrancy of the platinum blonde at the tips, really complements the caramel, chestnut, and milk chocolate tones through the lengths.
8Purple and Lavender Melt
The dreamy purple tones of this color melt hair are to die for. Deep purple is blended thought to a gorgeous pastel lilac shade through the tips. Styling the hair is soft waves, has helped to accentuate all those beautiful purple tones.
9Denim Blue Color Melt
Perhaps one of my all-time favorite color melt looks has to be the denim blue. An almost black midnight blue melts into a deep indigo, which melts into a stonewash blue at the tips. What a beautiful color melt style and it will look great with most skin tones too
Magenta is a hair color that is so on-trend right now. It is rich and warm, and as one of the jewel tones, it is perfect for the winter season. Plus, magenta is one of those magical hair colors that looks great with all skin tones – warming up cool tones and complementing warm tones.
11Purple and Lilac Melt
The tones in a color melt style don’t have to be different tones of the same shade. You can choose completely different colors as long as they are perfectly blended together, like in this purple, lilac, and pink melt. Absolutely stunning!
12Mermaid Color Melt
Mermaid hair is taking over unicorn hair as the top fantasy hair color trend, and it isn;t hard to see why with the magical tones of this color melt. The royal blue, the azure blue, and the gorgeous greens – it is dreamy! With vibrant colors like this, make sure that you invest in a good color care regime to keep them looking fresher for longer.
13Copper and Rose Color Melt
Copper, peach, and rose tones? Yes, please! We love how the copper shade at the roots blends into pastel peach at the tips, but then there are some rose highlights throughout. A wonderful take on the color melt trend.
14Ash Blonde Color Melt
15Vibrant Blue Melt
16Gorgeous Brunette Color Melt
17Spiced Cinnamon Color Melt
18Pink and Blorange Melt Hair Color
19Warm Auburn and Magenta Color Melt
20Striking Fall Color Melt
21Navy and Teal Color Melt
22Lovely Strawberry Blonde Melt
23Stand Out Mustard Hair Color Melt
24Lavender and Lilac Color Melt
25Phoenix Color Melt Hair
26Smokey Lavender Color Melt
27Golden Blonde Melt
28Deep Grey Melt
29Ocean Blue Color Melt
30Rose Gold Melt
31Pink to Platinum Melt
32Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Melt
33Auburn to Pastel Peach Melt
34Sunflower Color Melt
35Ash and Platinum Blonde Color Melt
So, what do you think of the color melt technique? Do you think you may opt for a melt next time you go to the salon instead of an ombre or a balayage? As the blend between the colors needs to be smooth and seamless, you will definitely get the best results if you go to your hair colorist for your melt.
But, there are things that you can do to make sure your color melt looks its best for as long as possible. We have said it before and we will say it again, invest in a good hair care regime, specifically designed for colored hair. Shampoo and condition your hair a few times a week and treat your hair to a deep conditioning mask (for colored hair) every ten days.
Use as little heat as possible when styling to keep your hair looking its healthiest and to prevent any extra damage. If you are fond of a curling or straightening iron, make sure you always use a heat protection spray before styling.
Trust us, it really will be worth it if you look after your color melt hair properly.