Balayage Vs. Ombre
What's the difference between Balayage and Ombre?
You're probably see the words balayage and ombre thrown out on Instagram, Facebook, and on the television. Usually, when you see photos of balayage or ombre hair, they look very similar. You are probably wondering: what is the difference between balayage and ombre? IS there a difference? How can I make sure I'm getting the exact look I want when I make my appointment and head to the salon?
Balayage is a French word and means "to sweep." It is a technique hair stylists use to color hair, and can also be referred to as hair painting. Stylists may employ different methods (foils, cellophane, cotton, etc) to achieve this, but the results remain the same. This technique will create a gradual, natural look that is more natural and less upkeep. Many will describe balayage with terms like "sunkissed" or "natural highlights."
Ombre is starting with the darkest color at the roots and getting progressively lighter toward the ends of your hair. The balayage technique can be used to achieve this. Many like this hair color because it is lower maintenance and does not typically involve making a new appointment in 4-6 weeks.
Just to add a bit more confusion to the mix, you may have seen the word "sombre" as well. Sombre stands for soft ombre and doesn't have as harsh a transition as a more traditional ombre. Sombre would be the look if regular highlights and an ombre had a baby! Your stylist will use balayage to achieve this pretty and natural look.
So basically ombre is a COLOR (or, rather, color style) while balayage is the TECHNIQUE. You must remember to bring a photo to your stylist as well. Some individuals want a really blended look while others want a highly contrasting appearance. There are so many words to describe different looks that a picture really is worth a thousand words!
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