The topic of this article is stretching color on the hair. What is it, who suits it and why is this staining method considered soft enough? We will answer everything in order

What is hair color stretch?

Color stretching is a popular technique used on both dark and light hair. In short, the hair is not dyed along the entire length.

Roots and root zone are usually not affected. We are sure that many are familiar with techniques such as balayazh, shatush, air touch, ombre and highlighting. During these dyeing procedures, the hair color is stretched, for example, from dark to light or vice versa.

Pros of this coloring

Firstly, there is a savings: no need to apply paint along the entire length of the hair. Secondly, with this approach, the roots that grow over time will not be conspicuous as with monochromatic staining.

And thirdly, stretching the color allows you to achieve some additional visual effects - for example, add volume to the hair (see photo for confirmation).

Colour flaws

Lack of experience is the main thing that prevents girls from deciding to experiment. Yes, stretching color at home is not the easiest beauty procedure, and, perhaps, it would be wiser to entrust the hair to a professional, after all, it is not in vain that they have been seriously learning the skill of coloring for a long time. However, with a very keen desire to master the necessary skills, it is realistic.

Types of color stretching techniques

It can be difficult for the naked and unprofessional eye to appreciate the difference between coloring techniques that use several shades. In reality, however, the differences are significant. We offer to understand the intricacies of each.


For the laziest, this technique of stretching color on the hair is beyond competition.

But jokes aside, it's really better to start getting acquainted with coloring, which uses several colors, with an ombre. Choose colors with which you have to make a smooth transition from the main shade to the secondary one.

Get ready to blur the borders of the shades somewhere in the middle of the length. At the roots, for example, a chestnut shade will remain, and at the tips there will already be an ashy blond.

If you are interested not only in the aesthetic, but also in the practical side of things, then we note that dyeing the tips in light shades allows you to visually mask thinning hair, making it look more voluminous.


Another technique that, besides paints and brushes, will require some creativity from you.

As with the ombre technique, we leave the hair roots intact.

Stretching the color on the hair using the shatush technique provides additional visual volume not only at the tips, but also closer to the root zone - and all because the coloring of the strands occurs in a chaotic manner, with indents from the roots in the range from 3 to 10 cm.


Most often, girls come to beauty salons with a request for coloring in this particular technique.

Why? Well, firstly, this is a proven method that has managed to win a large army of fans over the years.Secondly, colorists are well acquainted with highlighting and have all the necessary arsenal and honed professional skills. Salon in this sense is a reasonable choice. Do you still want to test yourself at home and are ready to accept this challenge? Then we attach a photo with the results of successful highlighting for inspiration!


Softness and naturalness are almost synonymous with the word "balayage" . Balayage coloring means that the color is stretched very smoothly.

Complete blurring of the boundaries of the master, as a rule, is achieved by making horizontal swiping movements with the brush, touching only the top layer of the hair and thus creating the effect of burnt strands.

Air Touch

Understand that the girl did the coloring using the air touch technique, not everyone can. The result looks as delicate as possible, but the method, admittedly, is quite time-consuming and invested. First of all, the hair is divided into strands. Then each is blown with a hairdryer to separate short hairs: unlike the total mass of hair, they are not dyed.

Examples of hair coloring of different colors with stretching

When choosing the main shade of your hair for a new “partner”, it is important to evaluate the color parameters. Contrary to popular belief, colorists sometimes allow a mixture of cold and warm shades (the exception is the ombre technique). It all depends on the individual characteristics of each particular "couple" .

For blondes

In trends, the most smooth stretch of color on the hair for blondes.

Roman Moiseenko Color Expert L'Oréal ParisA solid, even color is not in fashion now, but dark contrasting roots are quite popular. But, in spite of everything, when choosing a blonde in the first place, I recommend starting from the color of the skin and eyes.

Choose calm, discreet shades and use balayage or air touch techniques.

On dark hair

On dark hair, color stretching is relevant for girls with medium-length curls.

Our favorites in this case are honey and caramel shades that seem to be made for each other.

From dark to light

Many people want to sit on two chairs - to become a blonde without ceasing to be a brunette. You can do it!

Ombre staining is the best way to cope with the task. The result, as a rule, looks spectacular, especially if you style your hair using the brushing technique.

On blond hair

The stretch of color that you decide to try on blond hair can mimic the effect of sun-bleached strands.

Choose golden hues for shimmery results.

By the way, in this case, you can not save on "gold" . We suggest complementing the image with makeup with shimmering shadows. For step-by-step instructions, see the video:

On black hair

The stretch of different shades of the asph alt spectrum fits well on black hair.

We also recommend that you pay attention to unusual bright colors, such as blue or green.

On red hair

Hair of such shades and seems to glow from the inside - can you imagine what the technique of complex coloring will do with them?

Before we invite you to admire the photo examples, we will give you one piece of advice: with a red base, it is better to rely on related tones, avoiding a palette for blondes or brunettes.

Stretching color on hair of different lengths

Let's face it, when it comes to techniques like balayage, ombre or shatush, length matters a lot.

Long hair

You can use multiple shades. Of course, there are reasonable limits - three or four colors. In this case, the stretch will lie on long hair smoothly, and the final palette will be multifaceted.

Medium length hair

Stretching for medium hair is also of practical interest. Firstly, girls with this length often tend to grow long curls, and for the transition period, partial coloring is the best fit.Secondly, stretching the color allows you to diversify the image, because the average hair length is most common today.

Short and very short hair

Stretching color on short hair is not an easy task. There is not much space for the transition, but it needs to be done as smoothly as possible.

Our advice is to opt for highlighting. At home, coloring in this technique is easiest to do if you have a haircut like a pixie or a short bob.

What does stretching look like on different haircuts?


Blonde + caret are ideal starting colors for stretching hair. Attaching coloring ideas that are hard to resist.

Haircuts with bangs

The concept of "French chic" applies to complex dyeing techniques. For example, girls with long torn bangs combined with balayage coloring can often be seen on the central streets of Paris.


The fashion for this short haircut is reborn again. Therefore, we cannot but mention it in this list - it seems that it is simply created for complex staining techniques. We offer two solutions: either make highlighting, choosing a shade three or four shades lighter as the second color, or ombre.

Cascading haircut

If you've done this haircut, you'll probably want to add volume to your hair. With the help of the shatush technique and competent styling, you can visually almost double it!

Long bob

For blondes for the summer, the following recommendation is suitable - to complement the elongated caret with a stretch of color using the fashionable air touch technique. It is better to style such beauty with the help of an iron, straightening the hair with the ends inward (that is, towards the neck).

How to stretch hair color at home?

After looking at the photo, did you realize that the stretch of color on the hair is exactly what you need now?

If you are ready for such a coloristic experiment, use our simple ombre dyeing instructions.

  1. Choose a color one or two shades lighter than your main hair color.

  2. Prepare your hair: Comb your hair first, then lightly backcomb where you want the color to fade. This conditional border should be about 5–10 cm from the roots.

  3. Spread the dye from the ends of the hair to the bouffant line. Try not to create clear borders - for this, work with a brush in smooth strokes.

  4. Wait the time specified in the paint instructions and wash off the composition as recommended by the paint manufacturer.

Rules for hair care after color stretching

If you figured out how to stretch the color on your hair, and even coped with the task in practice, do not let the effect disappear ahead of time. Follow our tips for a longer lasting result.

  1. Use hair products with a laminating effect. Products from the Elseve "Color Expert" line not only cleanse the hair, but also care for them. The main advantage of these beauty products is that all formulas are sharpened to maintain the color, brightness and attractiveness of dyed hair.

  2. Do not dry or style your hair with a blow dryer or flat irons/flat irons without heat protection. Many neglect this rule, not knowing that exposure to hot temperatures, firstly, destroys the structure of the hair and, secondly, distorts its color. We have found a product that can withstand temperatures up to 230°C.

  3. Use oils wisely. In the case of colored hair, it is better to apply oil-based nourishing products to the strands after styling, preheating a small amount in the palms.