Friday, April 1, 2016

Ombre vs. Balayage

For those who do not know, Ombre and Balayage are terms for two popular hair coloring techniques. They both receive similar results through coloring but they both have distinct differences that will help you determine whether you'd like ombre or balayage for your hair. They are often confused but there are some important differences to note. It is possible to do this yourself but unless you are a professional, I personally wouldn't recommend doing your own hair. To achieve the look you want, I would go to a salon. 


Ombre is the gradual lightening of your hair. Ombre hair typically has darker roots and gradually lightens towards the ends of your hair. It has become quite popular in recent years. It can be a subtle ombre or more drastic, depending on your preference. The looks that you can achieve depend on many different  factors such as how light you would like to go to or the technique. Ombre is for those who want a drastic change but don't like high maintenance styles. It is perfect for those who don't want to go to a salon frequently since touch-ups aren't needed often. Ombre looks beautiful on different hair types and textures and even the curly girl can get ombre hair and it will still look great.


The word Balayage comes from the French word, "to sweep." It describes the freehand technique that is done by the stylist as she paints on the color with the hands instead of using foil. The brush strokes should be vertically with the tip of the brush. The stylist will freehand where the light strands should be to create a more natural look of sun kissed highlights throughout the hair. There are typically dark pieces left in the bottom of the hair to create dimension to the hair and also to creat a more natural look. Balayage is also low maintenance and gives off a subtle amount of color and dimension to the hair. You won't have a demarcation line like you would have with an Ombre style. Balayage can be used with all hair types but looks great with those with straighter hair. Another benefit of Balayage is that you usually will not need bleach so for those who would rather not bleach their hair should look for Balayage. 


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