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The difference between Balayage & Ombre

March 6, 2018

What is the difference?

Is it the same thing? I get asked this a lot.

 

Well, kind of:

 

Balayage is a French word meaning 'sweeping'.

It's a technique that takes practice so is always best left to the professionals.

 

Pre-lighteners are used in smooth freehand strokes throughout the hair, creating a naturally sunkissed effect. It's a bit of an art to be honest. 

 

This can be accentuated to give high contrast in shades or can be used to give a subtle soft lift.  

 

The image below shows a simple Balayage.

 

This creates dimension with lighter tones throughout the hair and natural tones remaining throughout.

 

 

So, the Ombre: Here is an example.

It's a style where we go from from a darker shade to a lighter shade throughout the length of the hair.

The ends are brighter and there is no natural hair remaining at the tips.

 

The Balayage technique is used in both processes. 

 

 

I hope this helps answer the question.

 

If you're considering colouring your hair, make sure you have a consultation with a qualified colourist first and ensure you're both on the same page. 

 

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