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Here's What You Need To Know About "Color-Melting" Your Hair

It's how everyone gets that ~natural-looking~ ombre.

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If you've ever been on Pinterest, you may be familiar with ombre hair, the transitional color from darker hair on top to a light, often bleached-blonde hair color on the bottom.

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The lower half of the hair is bleached, which can result in a harsh changeover in the middle of the hair.

Over time, the ombre got a lil' more subtle.

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Colorists figured out techniques like hair painting and balayage highlights to get a less striking transition between shades.

And now, we've reached peak hair goals: COLOR-MELTING.

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Don't worry. It's not actually about melting the hair. Colorists have been developing the skill for a while, and it's incredible.

"Melting is a technique that blends the highlights with the base color of the hair so you don't have any harsh lines," George Papanikolas, Matrix StyleLink stylist, tells BuzzFeed Life.

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It's all about that soft gradation effect, regardless of whether you're getting blonde highlights or pastel hair color.