Whats the Difference?
Balayage vs. Ombré
The word ombre comes from the French word “shadow”. Ombré is the actual style. It is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade. Generally, ombré work best on brunettes because it is the least subtle of all the techniques, a sombré is what we would see on blondes. That technique is more subtle, hence the word sombré. Ombré is great for the more daring girl, it is definitely more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombré is kind of like color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colors. While the ombré is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right! A bad ombré can make all the difference and please don’t try to do it on your own ladies! That’s the style called Homebré and no one wants that!
Balayage is the “Technique”
Balayage and Ombré are very similar, but there are very obvious distinctions between the two! The word “Balayage” comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. Now, if you have ever seen someone get a balayage in the salon, this probably makes sense to you. When applying the color for a balayage, you sweep the color through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board, a table, foil or plastic film. This application gives the hair color a natural transition down into the lighter color. In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre.
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