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Salon Efrain Shatush

You want a hair color that looks natural. You also want hair that looks like you came from the salon. 

Shatush might be for you. A natural extension of the ever-popular balayage technique, shatush is the hair trend everyone will want.

What Is Shatush?

Famed stylist Aldo Coppola developed Shatush. 

Coppola found that even tiny sections were too big to achieve a look like the natural highlights we see in children’s hair. So, he backcombed the hair.  He then used his hands, rather than a tool, to paint on highlights.

The results were the tiniest strands of highlights woven in with the natural color.

Instead of giving the hair a colored look, it gave the hair the sunkissed feeling of youth.

The look was fabulous.

It began to spread through Europe.

Efrain loved the process so much that he decided to perfect it.  Salon Efrain was one of the first U.S. salons to perfect the technique. Shatush is now considered his signature method. 

Clients come to Salon Efrain to get shatush from one of the country’s most talented colorists.

Do you want a natural looking hair color? Shatush may be a good option

Why Choose Shatush?

Shatush is a perfect choice for people who want a natural look.

It can be a step up from your natural color.

It can be a step down from a traditional balayage process.

  • Subtle
  • Beachy
  • Natural-looking
  • Gentle on hair
  • Low maintenance

How Does the Stylist Use the Shatush Technique?

If you have previously had balayage, then this will seem familiar. 

The processes are similar, except that the stylist backcombs hair before applying color. Backcombing means that only some of the hairs will get the color treatment.

After backcombing the hair, the stylist applies the color.

When developed, Shatush was done by hand.

Some stylists will continue to use their hands to apply the color.  Others will use brushes or other tools.

The applications will be made freehand.

The stylist can create as many or as few highlights as you want.

Shatush can be used to create all-over highlights or to give you face-framing highlights.

Will Shatush Work on Previously Colored Hair?


Because it is gentle, Shatush is an excellent technique for previously colored hair.

Shatush can even be used in combination with other techniques. For example, you could have an all-over base color and use Shatush for highlights.

You can transition from another type of highlights to Shatush.  Depending on your starting color, doing so could even create a subtle ombre-type effect.

Of course, if your hair has previously been dyed black, we need to remove color before performing another color service to prevent damage to your hair.

Can You Use a Shatush for Other Colors?

Shatush is generally used to bring subtle natural-looking highlights to hair.

A stylist could use the technique for other colors.

If you have had very light hair and are transitioning to a darker base, a Shatush technique with low lights could subtly darken your hair. 

Shatush could also give you a great mix of different colors in your hair.

However, there may be quicker and more affordable ways to achieve those same looks.

Does the Backcombing in Shatush Damage My Hair?


Backcombing has a bad reputation.

It is partially deserved. Backcombing goes against the hair’s cuticle.  Used repeatedly, this can cause damage. That is why we encourage products, rather than backcombing, for everyday hair styling.

Backcombing for an occasional style or as part of a coloring process does not put your hair at risk.

Is Shatush Gentle on Hair?


Shatush is one of the gentlest methods of lightening your hair.

Anytime you bleach your hair, the process can weaken hair. 

The more you bleach, the greater the chance of damage.

With Shatush, the bleach is applied only on tiny strands of hair. The maintenance is minimal. Reapplication will not mean repeatedly saturating large sections of hair.

The result is a gentle lightening process.

Is Shatush More Expensive Than Traditional Highlights?

Yes, it is.

Because Shatush is a freehand style, it appears easier to clients than traditional highlights.

While the approach may be freehand, the results need to be precise.

How costly is Shatush?

Our stylists must carefully place every highlight to create the look you want. The technique is challenging and time-consuming. As a result, it is a more expensive process.

However, Shatush is a lower maintenance look, as well. 

Clients can easily go months between colorings without root lines. 

The need for fewer trips to the salon means that Shatush has a similar long-term cost as other highlights.

How Often Should I Get Shatush?

We have clients that want their hair subtly brightened every six weeks.

We have other clients who get it as fall is ending to keep the sun-kissed look in their hair but only get that one color treatment.

That is one of the things that is great about it.

It is noticeable enough to lend texture, dimension, and shine to your hair. It is subtle enough for people to think you got that all from an extended beach weekend.

How often you choose Shatush depends on you. 

Can You Use Shatush to Create an Ombre look?

Even subtle ombres have a noticeable color shift down the length of hair.

For most people, Shatush is too subtle to create an ombre effect.

However, it might be the right approach for thinner hair.

That is one of those questions that needs to be handled in a consultation.

The stylist can look at your hair and its current condition.  Then, the stylist determines the best techniques to use to achieve the results that you want.

Can You Use Shatush on Short Hair?


We love Shatush on short hair.

It creates natural-looking highlights, avoids a root line, and prevents the odd shadow transition we sometimes see on short hair with highlights.

Set Up Your Consult Today

Are you intrigued by the idea of Shatush? Set up your consultation.

We would love to discuss your hair goals with you and then make a plan to help you achieve them.