Balayage and Ombre Difference

Balayage or Ombre continues to be a hair trend and we love it!


Balayage hair for Summer 2018

Everything you need to know about balayage and ombre difference. The trend the A-list are still loving. The hand-painted highlights will make you re-think everything you thought you knew about hair colour.

The Balayage is a subtle way to highlight the hair so that it looks naturally sun-kissed.  This way the hair colour creates a completely natural glow to the hair – as if you have been in the sun all summer!

The technique involves only lightening the surface of the hair to create the illusion of light and shadow. By highlighting the hair in panels, it creates emphasis based on how the sun would naturally hit your hair – your hair can now look sun-kissed all year long!

Ombres are all about contrast. The hair is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft while the ends are lighter and brighter.

The ombre look can be either warm or cool toned, ranging from a rich chocolaty brown blending into a soft caramel or a funky grape violet shifting into lavender-lilac. This look is great for clients who are looking for a low maintenance hair colour, or for clients who want to lighten up their look without the commitment of traditional highlights.

Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep.” It is a freehand hair coloring technique that creates a natural, blended look, by painting the hair with lightener. Balayage involves painting the hair in a way that mimics the way the sun naturally lightens hair. It typically involves lighter pieces around the face and ends, and darker pieces at the roots, creating a natural-looking gradient effect.

Balayage is a low-maintenance technique that requires minimal touch-ups. It is a great option for those who want to add some dimension and depth to their hair without the commitment of regular root touch-ups. Balayage works well on all hair types and colors, and can be customized to achieve different looks, from natural and subtle to bold and dramatic.

Ombre Hair:

Ombre is a French word that means “shadow.” It is a hair coloring technique that involves gradually transitioning from a darker shade at the roots to a lighter shade at the ends. Ombre creates a bold and striking effect that is perfect for those who want a high-contrast look.

Ombre works best on medium to long hair lengths and is ideal for those with naturally straight hair. It is not recommended for those with short hair or curly hair, as the transition from dark to light can appear too harsh. Ombre requires regular touch-ups, as the roots will need to be lightened to maintain the gradient effect.

Which technique is best for you?

When choosing between Balayage and Ombre, it is important to consider your hair type, face shape, and personal preferences. Here are some tips to help you decide which technique is best for you:

  1. Hair type:

Balayage works well on all hair types, while Ombre works best on medium to long hair lengths, especially those with naturally straight hair.

  1. Face shape:

Balayage is a great option for those with round or square face shapes, as it helps to soften facial features. Ombre works well on those with oval or heart-shaped faces, as it helps to elongate the face.

  1. Personal preferences:

If you prefer a natural, subtle look, Balayage is the way to go. If you want a bold and dramatic look, Ombre is the better choice.

Both Balayage and Ombre are great hair coloring techniques that can help you achieve the perfect sun-kissed look. Choosing between the two ultimately comes down to your hair type, face shape, and personal preferences. If you are still unsure which technique to choose, we recommend consulting with one of our expert hairstylists who can help you make the best decision for your hair.


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