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“Is An Ombre and Balayage the Same Thing?”


“Am I saying that right? Ba-lee-age? Ba-lay-age?!”


With summer slowly creeping upon us, (but was it ever really spring?), that natural “sun highlight” will be everyone’s wish. Why not get your hair ready for summer now and let the sun do its job later?!


Not wanting a drastic summer change and looking for something a little more subtle? No worries. You might be the perfect candidate for a Balayage or Ombre!


What is the difference you ask? Well, you aren’t the only one, because there has been confusion with both looks. Not only is the look different, but the technique for each look is something different as a whole as well!


Ombre vs. Balayage:


Let’s just start with the simple definition of both.


Ombre: having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.


Balayage: a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is “painted” on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.


Ombre is the style. Balayage is the technique.


Ombre has more of a transition from dark to light, where there is no dark pieces left out of the bottom. It is a more noticeable look, with a little more maintenance required.


Balayage originates from the French word meaning to “sweep”. It uses more of a painting technique when being applied to the hair, hence the reason Balayage is in fact more of a technique. Darker pieces are left on the bottom to create more dimension and give it more of a natural look.


So whether you are wanting a more drastic change, or are simply just wanting to dip your toes in the water, these latest summer fashions might just be your perfect fit!