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

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,” Sterling Harrelson from RVAhairstylist.com, tells Shockoe Salon.

It’s all about that soft gradation effect, regardless of whether you’re getting blonde highlights or pastel hair color. You can’t tell where one color begins and another ends.

“The difference between this and regular highlights is that you use multiple shades to create the ‘melted’ affect,”  Shockoe Salon stylist says.

It’s a technique that makes literally any hair color look like it ~could~ have happened naturally.

Melting all of the colors together makes the final result look beautiful AF.

So the next time you go to the salon……ask to have your color melted.