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The Sanké Color Philosophy

Hair color is transformative. Whether you are looking for a subtle or dramatic change, you should love your hair when you leave the salon.

If you do not feel amazing after having your hair colored, you are using the wrong salon.

At Sanké, we offer pampering and transformative coloring services for our clients. They begin with a complimentary consultation. You should feel heard, understood, and confident in your stylist’s plan for your hair before your service begins.

Your stylist will examine your hair’s texture, natural color, and overall condition at the consultation. The two of you will discuss your hair goals and make sure you understand what kind of maintenance routine your chosen outcome will require. If necessary, another stylist will be brought into the consultation to ensure your goals can be acheived.

We offer a full range of color options, from the sun-kissed subtlety of baby-lights to the full-on drama of fantasy colors like mermaid hair. All of our color formulas and maintenance routines are tailor-made for your hair and your desired results.

For those of you who are short on time but desire high-quality results, we have express techniques and stylist options for you, too! Some techniques require large amounts of time, but not all. You don’t have to spend hours and hours at the salon to have gorgeous hair. We regularly learn the latest techniques via online and in-person training, we love to travel as a team to educational events, including yearly trip to Belgium to train at Sanké’s home base, Academy314, in Belgium.

You may have heard several terms to describe the hair coloring process or desired coloring results.

  • Highlights
  • Lowlights
  • Babylights
  • Ombre
  • Balayage
  • 3D Balayage
  • Single Process
  • Double Process
  • Bleach
  • Fantasy Hair
  • Mermaid Hair

These terms may be used during your color consultation. During your consultation, your stylist will de-mystify this sometimes confusing “hair lingo”. No need to feel intimidated, we are here to help.


Highlights use lightener (primarily bleach, but sometimes color) to lighten the color of your hair. Highlights are not an overall scalp color, but instead focus on sections (from tiny, very blendy baby-lights sections to larger, more noticeable sections) Highlights are done most often by separating the sections and placing them into foils.

Stylists may employ a variety of techniques to achieve the look you want for your highlights. Aside from traditional foils, your stylist may use a hair painting technique such as balayage to achieve the look you desire. It is essential to determine your desired results so that your stylist can decide which technique will be the most suitable to produce those results on your hair.

Highlights are great for everyone. They can range from subtle to dramatic, low maintenance to high maintenance. They add brightness and dimension to your hair. You’d be surprised what even 5 highlights can do for your haircolor!


Lowlights are the opposite of highlights. Instead of lighter pieces added to your hair color, lowlights are darker pieces added to your hair color. Lowlights add dimension to your hair color, and can actually make your hair look it has highlights without actually getting highlights! Lowlights are a great transition from Summer to Fall for blondes and brunettes. Lowlights can also help you to grow out old highlights that you no longer wish to maintain.


Babylights are one of our favorite foiling techniques that we think looks great on everybody! They are tiny highlights designed to mimic the sun-kissed look of youthful hair. They are subtle, soft, and grow out beautifully. If you want your hair to have the sunkissed look of a week in the Caribbean, babylights are a great way to achieve that look!


Ombre is not so much a technique but a look. With ombre, the stylist blends hair from one hue to another. Usually, ombre features darker hair at the root and lighter hair at the ends, but you can also do ombre from light to dark.

Ombre became extremely popular a few years ago, and people loved the look of lighter blonde ends with a darker base. Ombre could be dramatic, going from deep browns to platinum blondes down the length of the hair. It can also be more subtle, transitioning from a dark blonde to a lighter blonde or from a darker brown to a caramel color. People embraced it because ombre gives you a very “done” look but is forgiving if you miss an appointment or two at the salon.


We love balayage, but not for the reasons that you probably think we love balayage. When clients come into the salon and tell us that they want balayage on their hair, they usually have a particular result in mind. Many people think that balayage refers to highlights with a low-maintenance shadow at the root. However, the term balayage refers to the technique that we use to achieve those highlights.

Balayage is a French term that means “to sweep.” When we use this technique, we “sweep” the lightener during the application. The result is seamless, blendy, and very natural-looking. Balayage is a low-maintenance look, and suitable for all types of hair color.


3D balayage is a new technique which delivers the precision of foil sectioning with the low maintenance of balayage. The results can be as subtle or as high contrast as you desire.


Single process refers to applying a single color over your entire head. Stylists use a single process to change your hair color by a shade or two, most often going darker or to cover gray. Single process color can be semi-permanent or permanent, These can be confusing terms, especially if you rely on the internet! Permanent color does not mean that your hair stays that color forever, it means your natural hair color has been permanently changed.

This is a very important factor to discuss and understand with your stylist, as it relates to your ongoing hair maintenance. Don’t be scared, though! We will tailor a plan for you that achieves your hair goals and helps you have beautifully dimensional, AND healthy colored hair.


Suppose you want to go more than a couple of shades lighter than your natural color or a dramatic fantasy hair look. In that case, you will need a double process approach. Double processed hair involves lightening the hair and then applying color. While we refer to it as double processing, it may require more than two color applications. The process depends on your starting color, whether natural or dyed, and your hair’s texture and condition.

Double processing can help you achieve dramatic hair looks. However, it is also a high-maintenance process. In addition to needing more frequent color applications, you may also need to do deep conditioning treatments to help restore hair health. In addition, during the initial stages, your stylist may advise breaking the coloring process into sessions, ensuring your hair is healthy enough for each step of the process.


Hair bleach is a hair lightener. You may have heard the numbers 10, 20, 30, and 40 volume associated with bleach, especially if you have seen any DIY hair tutorials. Those numbers refer to the volume of the developer used with the bleach. The higher the number, the more powerful the bleach. That can result in lighter colors but also increases the risk of damage to your hair.


Fantasy hair is a non-technical term used to describe any color outside of the natural hair color spectrum. Some terms associated with Fantasy Hair are: mermaid hair, vibrants, vivids, fashion colors.

Pinks, purples, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, silvers, and some reds fall under the fantasy umbrella. You can do all over fantasy color applications, or opt for a pop of color in your hair. From all over glowing Peach to bright Pink tips or face-framing Purple. Fantasy hair most often will also be a double process color.

We love creating fantasy hair.


Ready for your change? Schedule an appointment for your complimentary color consultation. You and your stylist will discuss how to achieve the results you want and how to maintain them. Come and let us turn you into a work of art.