Balayage Vs. Ombre – What’s The Difference?

Coloring your hair is the perfect way to change your style in an instance. Any haircut can look refreshed after your hair has been colored. hairstyles with Ombre and Balayage hair color are huge at the moment with thousands of salons offering amazing deals. Although the two words mean very similar things, there are a few key differences between the hair salon terms “ombre” and “balayage”. Understanding the differences between balayage and ombre can help you to make sure that you get what you want next time that you visit the hairstylist.  This article will try to set out the key differences between balayage hair color and ombre hair color so that you won’t be confused the next time.


Balayage hairstyle

The term ‘Balayage’ is derived from the French verb ‘to sweep’. The term has been applied to a freehand hairstyling technique in which sections of hair are ‘painted’. Hair is normally placed against a backing board and daubed with a lightening agent using a special hair painting tool. The hair is then wrapped for a while to allow the painted dye or lightening agent to take effect. Balayage highlights tend to be thicker than highlights done using traditional foil highlighting methods. The technique also produces more random looking results, which help to give the hairstyle a really casual, beachy cool look. In general, balayage is used to describe a technique whereas ombre is used to reference a style.

Although balayage techniques can be used on most short, medium and long haircuts, the effects look better on thicker hair. Heavier hairstyles will also help to enhance the effects of the highlighting because the color will look fuller and bolder.

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Ombre hairstyle for women

Ombre is derived from the French word meaning ‘shadow’. In an ombre hairstyle, the color is darkest at the roots and fades to a lighter color as it moves down towards the tips. Ombre styles can be based on your natural hair color or you can go for a complete ombre dye using any colors of your choosing. For a natural-looking, sun-kissed look you should ask your hairstylist to choose a dye with a few shades lighter than your natural color. This will make your hair look as though it has been beautifully bleached by the sun as it grows. It can also create the illusion of natural volume and texture.

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Some people choose to opt for reverse ombre styles, in which the darkest shades are at the tips and the lighter shades are at the roots. Depending on your natural hair color, you may need to do extra work touching up your roots with a reverse ombre, as your roots would be more noticeable when they start to grow out. If you want a more subtle version of the ombre, it is known as the sombre!

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Balayage vs. Ombre

The real difference between balayage and ombre is that ombre is a style whereas balayage is a technique. If you go to the hair salon and ask for balayage, they will most likely ask what style. On the other hand, if you ask for ombre, they will probably ask you what shade!

Watch the below video to understand the differences better