The names may change and sound more sophisticated, which is great for ladies looking to feel a little luxe — but don’t be confused!

The best way to explain to your stylist what you want is by showing them an inspiration picture.

The problem with using trendy terms is that everyone may imagine them a little differently. That’s why your best bet is printing out an image that your stylist can use for inspiration anytime they’d like, while working on your hair.

Also if there is something you really love about that picture? Be sure to mention it! The same goes if there is an element of the color that you don’t like — be sure to mention that, too. The more information you give the more everyone can be on the same page.

When booking your appointment use these descriptions when speaking with our receptionist. Booking an appointment for the wrong service can result in not enough time to achieve the desired look or booking too much time out of ourstylist's busy schedule.

Single Process

Single processing is when a stylist uses only one hair color, and no bleach to create a desired look. This is best for those who are looking to cover up gray hairs, slightly lighten their hair, or go darker.

Double Process

This is a technique used by stylists to lighten and tone hair color. During this process a stylist will use bleach to lift the hair's natural pigment, and then use a separate color to tone the hair to the desired shade. For those looking for bold, bright coloring (i.e. platinum blondes), this is how your stylist should do it. Think: Gwen Stefani.


Highlighting is a hair color process that uses foils to brighten certain section of your hair. It's a way to create different hair colors that blend together naturally. The stylist uses foil during this technique as the materials works as a heat conductor to help quicken the coloring process without further damaging the hair. Lighter colors can be achieved by using foils vs cellophane. "Babylights" is a technique that uses very fine strokes of color usually around the hair line and top of the head to give your hair a bit more dimension. When booking an appointment please specify if you would like a partial or half head as explained below.

Partial Head Highlight: Highlights along the area where you part your hair. Not to be confused with ombré.

Half Head Highlight: Highlights along the top and sides of your head.

Full Head Highlight: Highlights throughout your entire hair including the back and underneath.


Balayage (pronounced bah-lee-AHZGE) is a French word meaning to sweep or paint. This is a technique a stylist uses to highlight your hair, and can be used to achieve many different looks. With balayage, also known as hair painting, the lightener or hair color is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect from end to root and is all about creating beautiful blends of multi-dimensional color. Sometimes a stylist will use cellophanes, foils or mesh strips to separate the sections from bleeding on each other. That part doesn’t matter — it’s still called balayaging. Every stylist has their own unique method to get the job done.

Remember to book like traditional highlighting- partial, half or full.


Ombré is a popular look defined by hair that is dark at the root, and blends into a lighter shade as it gets to the ends. This look can be soft and natural, also called sombre, or bright and dramatic. No matter what color you choose this technique creates a seamless, blended "grown out" look. The stylist can use a backcombing and foil technique, balayage or hair painting technique to achieve this look. Make sure to book an ombré and not a partial highlight. These two terms are not interchangeable

Fashion colors, crazy colors, pastels, neon, oil slick, tortoise and the ever popular GREY hair

These colors almost ALWAYS need a consultation. I know everyone is super busy and doesn't want to take time out of their day to stop in before their appointment, but our stylists also don't want to over or under book the amount of time needed. These colors can take up to 8 hours and 2 sessions! Previously colored hair can make these colors impossible to achieve. Bring lots of photos to your consultation and be HONEST about previous color or chemical treatments to your hair. Remember once bleach touches your hair it's going to be too late to mention that box of color you put on your hair 8 months ago- it didn't just wash out and this can make or break the color results.

Dip Dye

Dip dye hair is the opposite of ombré hair. This look is when the top of your hair is one color and the ends a different color. This is NOT a blended look. It will look as if part of your hair has been dipped into color. There will be a harsh line with no blending. Any colors can be used in this look. It can be half of your hair or even just the ends. Let the stylist know how far up you'd like the "dip" to go.

Color Correction

If you have previously colored hair and would like to go dramatically lighter or dramatically different, this qualifies as a color correction and you will be charged by the hour. This also includes us fixing (the best we can) at home color, late night after a few drinks color and color you had done at another salon. These appointments always require an in salon consultation. No exceptions. Everyone at High Horse has 10+ years if experience. Do not fight us if we tell you something can not be done, do not go from salon to salon waiting for someone to say they can fix it. You will end up in a worse predicament than when you started. If you have a realistic expectation and are willing to come back for multiple appointments we can set you back on the right path. Color corrections are RARELY completed in one salon visit.

Continuum is the new Olaplex                                                                                                             CONTINUUM has perfected the art of restructuring. The ultimate salon tool, service, or stand-alone treatment for a variety of applications. It can be used to repair damaged, over processed hair, or as a tool to negate the damaging effects of chemical processing. The most common use is a "Color Service Upgrade". Adding continuum when lightening hair will make a huge difference in the health of your hair and will relink the bonds that are broken during a chemical service and strengthen your hair immediately. Keep your hair looking and feeling great with a take home treatment. Please mention you would like to add this to your service when booking.

*If additional tubes of color are used, including unnatural colors, or extra time is added to your service you will be charged according. Please check with your stylist before you begin to get a final price. Note: this will not be possible for any services "charged by the hour" *