+ The color melt

People have been curious about my recently lightened locks and the quite unique technique used called color melting. A color melt is a subtle lightening of hair color with highlights starting somewhere past the roots to the ends of the hair, creating a natural bleached look. Not to be confused with ombré hair coloring, where it is a more drastic blunt change in hair color. I’m not a hair dresser, but I’ve heard of two techniques used; one involved a painting highlights on randomly with the coloring brush throughout the hair and the other involving ratting the roots of 15 or so sections of the hair then highlighting individual pieces within that section (ratting allows for a more staggered natural look).
This was my first color job in 10 years and I was terrified. Happily I can say I am in love with how it turned out and I’m still loving it. Not only does it spice up my look, I don’t have to worry about “getting my roots done” every few months or going back in for a dye job. It is a style that can be worn and not worried about for a long time to come. And an added bonus, by keeping your roots untouched with this method, you can hold onto that natural hair color if you are at all nervous about coloring your hair (like me).


  1. You look amazing :)! I was talking Diana the other day, and I think we all need to hang out soon!

  2. So pretty! And love your outfit too! Have a great day! xo Holly

  3. Was it done with only one color? It looks fabulous! I have very similar hair (length and color) to yours and I haven’t died my hair yet. This is something I’d really consider. You look absolutely beautiful! Did you choose the shade yourself?

  4. You look fabulous! Love the look!

    xo Emily, http://www.bupster.blogspot.com

  5. gorgeous! it’s real good hair style and nice change without coloring your whole hair.



  6. I love ombred hair!! (being asian, I think it is a natural looking way to do something with my dark hair) After getting it done at a school (they totally ruined it!) I just did it myself! I was so worried about it looking unprofessional or trashy, but I Love it, never going back!

  7. Oh to have long hair! This really is a great method and trend. It looks great on you!

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  8. your hair looks just gorgeous! :) i adore the long cardi as well. :)
    kw, Ladies in Navy

  9. I have mine done like this too, I kinda prefer it to the straight forward ombre effect. Your hair looks beautiful! And where are those shoes from?? They’re gorgeous! =)

  10. love it! you look so good!

  11. You look amazing!
    I want that done to my hair asap.
    Saving my pennies!

    You’re in the Provo area, right? Where did you go?

    • I went to Platinum salon in orem by Costco…the lady’s name is Lacey! She is so fun too you will love talking to her.

  12. i love your hair! i’ve been loving this look for a while. seems like it may be higher maintenance on my black hair though :(


  13. Your hair is beautiful. I was going to the salon in a few weeks to get an ombré effect on my red hair but now I think I will do a color melting. I think it could be fun for a while. Thanks!

  14. looks great!

  15. That is good to know! I have been wanting more of a look like yours, but I didn’t know there was a difference between an ombre and color melt. Yours looks absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the info, girl

  16. love it! it looks so great! i currently have ombre but may need to do a change up soon!


  17. I love this! I had the hardest time trying to explain this hair coloring to a friend a while ago, I’m so glad you explained it! I am texting my hair dresser right now to make an appointment.

  18. Gorgeous!! Great look for fall:)


  19. I really love it! Very tempted to try it myself!
    – Ididtellyou.blogspot.com

  20. I’ve always wanted to tell you how much I love your hair!! You seriously look AMAZING for just having a baby.

  21. Isn’t it called ‘balayage’? Giselle and Jennifer Aniston were famous for starting the balayage look, which sounds very similar to “color melt”. Balayage is a french word, so maybe this is the american term.

  22. Only in Utah is it called “melting” the rest of the world calls it Ombre’ definition: graduated tones or shades going from light to dark. just fyi. Make sure when talking to your stylist you are on the same page of what you want exactly, because terms are always different depending on location. sincerely,
    hairdresser for 9years.
    licensed in Utah, California, and Massachusetts.

  23. oh and @auna kay Balayage is a totally different technique to subtle highlights so no it’s not the same thing. :)

  24. Wow, I love your outfit and great hair.

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  26. i love your hair
    please tell me how can i dye my hair like yours


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