What’s the difference between Ombré & Balayage?
They are both highlighting techniques, but create subtly different results. With traditional foils, the highlights are uniform and defined.
Ombre (taken from the French word meaning “shaded.”) is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. The ombré hairstyle requires very little upkeep, making it easier for it to remain on trend. While ombré was initially the gradual lightening of the hair from dark to light, it has expanded to take on various other techniques, including the fading of a natural color from the roots to a more unnatural color (such as turquoise or lavender) at the tips.
Balayage (taken from the French word meaning “to sweep”) is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent. After painting, each swatch is often covered in cellophane. As balayage highlights are less systematically placed, you end up with fatter, less symmetrical, more random highlights, resulting in a more casual, beachy finish. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.