What’s The Difference Between Ombre & Balayage?

What’s The Difference Between Ombre & Balayage?

Balayage and Ombre Hair Colour Explained – Elements Lifestyle Salon Bishop’s Stortford

There are so many multi-hue hair buzzwords out there these days: Ombre, sombre, tiger eye and Balayage.

As hairstylists, we know the difference between an Ombre and a Balayage, but we often find that clients coming to us are confused about which is which. So we thought we’d set the record straight and share with you the difference between the two styles. 

Balayage Hair Colour vs Ombre Hair Colour

Firstly it is important the understand the main difference between the two, Ombre is a style, whereas Balayage is a technique. The word Ombre comes from the French word “shadow”, therefore an Ombre is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade.

Ombre is great for those whose are more darling with their hair, it is fare more noticeable than a Balayage and requires more maintenance. While Ombre is a stunning look it needs to done right! Do not attempt to do it on your own, if you want that true Ombre blended look you need to see a professional experienced in creating Ombre colour. While there’s a clear fade line between the two colours in Ombre, there is no such thing in Balayage.

The word “Balayage” comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. When applying the colour for a Balayage, you sweep the colour through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter colour. In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look, the aim is to recreate the effect of hair that has been naturally lightened by the sun. This technique results in a natural sun-kissed look that is less maintenance than an Ombre.

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