Balayage & Ombré Explained – Visit Hair by Elements Hair Salon in Bishop’s Stortford For Fabulous Hair Colour
There are so many multi-hue hair buzzwords out there these days: Ombré, sombre, root stretch and balayage.
As hairstylists, we know the difference between an ombré 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 Ombré Hair Colour
Firstly it is important the understand the main difference between the two, ombré is a style, whereas balayage is a technique. The word ombré comes from the French word “shadow”, therefore an ombré is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade.
Ombré is great for those whose are more daring with their hair, it is far more noticeable than balayage and requires more maintenance. Ombre is a stunning look that needs to be created by a professional – do not attempt to do it yourself. While there’s a clear fade line between the two colours in ombré, there is no such thing in balayage.
The word balayage comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. When applying the colour for balayage, we will 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 at 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 ombré.