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Dark hair, slightly “kissed” by the sun, looks natural and attractive: they suggest a warm summer and relaxation on the beach.

And if we take into account that in recent times in the fashion world there has been a clear trend towards naturalness and naturalness, slightly burned out in the sun buckles have become a real must have. Do you want to be in the trend? Then melting is for you!

What is this?

Venetian melting is the dyeing of randomly selected strands. In contrast to the classic contrasting melting, “Venetian” means the use of paint on 2-3 tones lighter than your shade of hair.

In this case, you can use several similar shades, which allow you to create a multi-tone glare effect. This helps to achieve the impression of naturalness: colored strands do not contrast with the bulk of the hair, but shimmer beautifully with every movement of the head.

This type of dyeing is used for dark-haired women – brunettes, brown hair, dark-rustic women. Blonde women can be advised similar types of dyeing – French or Californian melting.

Two words from history

During the Renaissance Italian women (mainly burning brunettes) spent their time in the open sun, trying to change the color of the hair slightly. Before taking these sunbathing Italian women applied lemon juice or sour milk to their hair, thus making the curls slightly lighter.

Celebrities and Venetian melting

Many dark-haired show business stars have already appreciated the advantages of Venetian coloring. Among them actresses Jennifer Lopez, Denise Richards, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, KateBackinsale, Angelina Jolie, Evangeline Lily, Olivia Wilde, singers Rihanna and Shakira, models Alessandra, Ambrosio and Giselle Bundchen.

Difference of Venetian melting from other types of dyeing

Like the Californian melting, this dyeing implies the clarification of selective strands. For this purpose, the paint is used, which is close in tone to the natural hair color, but lighter. Both types of dyeing look as if your strands have burned out in the sun. The main difference between these techniques is that California is performed on light hair, and Venetian melting – on dark hair.

The technique of Venetian melting reminds a little of a connecting rod and a balajazh: in all these cases the master applies the dye on the hair with careless chaotic strokes, stretching the color and not using foil. However, there are some differences between the techniques: Shuttle and balajazh do not mean that hair is dyed along its entire length.

If you remember another popular dyeing – omber, it has little in common with the Venetian melting. Ombre implies the presence of an explicit border of color transition.

The pros and cons of Venetian melting


  • The paint is applied to individual strands and is made outdoors, so its negative effect is small.
  • Several (usually more than three) colour-coded dyes are used. This makes it possible to achieve the effect of multi-tonality and richness of the palette.
  • Venetian melting allows you to emphasize layered cutting – for example, a cascade or a ladder.
  • Adding burnt buckles makes it possible to make the hairstyle more voluminous.
  • Does not require frequent correction: it is enough to update it once in 2-3 months.
  • It is possible to carry out melioration for masking of the first gray hair.
  • Suitable for hair of different lengths and textures: long, short, straight, wavy.


  • The process of Venetian melting on dark and brown hair requires clarification, which can adversely affect the condition of the hair.
  • The technique of melioration is rather complicated. There is a chance to get to the inexperienced master.
  • High cost. This is explained by the fact that the painting procedure is rather painstaking, and for its implementation are usually used gentle, non-sampling paints.

To whom does it suit?

Venetian melting looks good on any length of haircut. The exception is the ultra-short hairstyles – such as garson or pixie – because of the short length of the colour transitions are not so noticeable.

Painted strands are more visible on smooth and straight hair. Wavy and curly hair allows for a softer and more natural effect: lightened strands are less striking and look as natural as possible.

Thick hair is the ideal choice for melting. If you have rare or fine hair, “Venetian” can visually increase their volume.

Choice of shades

Choose natural colours that are slightly different from your natural shade. You also need to consider the colour type. If you have a “winter” or “summer” appearance, you will get a cold shade, and if “autumn” – warm. “Spring” girls usually have light hair, so they can be advised to use California or French melting.

Brunettes are suitable for Venetian staining in nut, cognac, chocolate and coffee shades. Lighter colours – honey, sand, copper, ochre, wheat caramel – can be recommended for shanks and blonde ones.

The technique of land reclamation at home

Before performing the spraying procedure, the hair should be properly prepared. The curls must be healthy, with no severed ends. To reduce the negative impact of the dye it is recommended to apply it to slightly soiled hair: a natural layer of fat will provide protection against aggressive chemical compounds.

You will need it for melting:

  • Paint of the right colour and oxide.
  • Plastic or ceramic container for mixing dyes (do not use metal dishes).
  • Thin comb to divide hair into working areas.
  • Hairdressing clamps.
  • Disposable gloves.

The procedure for Venetian melting is as follows:

  1. Connect the paint to the oxide as indicated on the package. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Separate the hair into horizontal and vertical hairsplits. Secure the non-working strands with clips.
  3. Hold a 3-4 cm wide strand in your hand and pull it parallel to the floor.
  4. Apply the ink with free colouring movements. Note: the strands are painted 5-8 cm from the roots. The root zone remains untouched, although some masters advise to additionally darken this area for more noticeable effect of burnt-out hair.
  5. When you process the whole hair in this way, leave the hair to “breathe”. Neither foil, nor special paper, nor foodstuff film is used for this purpose.
  6. When the dye has reached the end of its life, wash off the dye.
  7. Tint the hair with a suitable colour for a deeper shade.
  8. Wash off the colour, dry the hair and do the styling.
  9. The time depends on the thickness and length of the hair shaft. An average of 1.5-3 hours is required for Venetian melting.

Tips for hair care after melting

  • Do not forget to apply a balm with a fixing effect on the strand immediately after dyeing. It will protect the colour from being washed out.
  • Avoid washing your hair for 2-3 days after painting.
  • To prolong the life of reclamation, do not use deep cleansing shampoos or scrubs.
  • Make nutritious masks once a week.
  • To make your coloured hair look healthy, use less thermal appliances such as a hairdryer, iron and tongs.
  • Do not perm immediately after melting. It should take at least a week between these procedures.
  • Use warm water (never hot) for washing and rinsing. Do not brush your hair until it is completely dry.
  • After washing, do not unscrew the hair shaft or rub it with a towel. Wipe your hair with gentle strokes.
  • Wear hats and caps to protect your hair from the sun in summer and frost in winter.

Be in the trend!

If you want your luxurious hair to be noticed and admired by others, do a Venetian melting. It will give your image a touch of novelty, will look natural and dynamic!

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