The holiday season is a great time to look stylish and fashionable. It is also usually a great time to try new, exciting or exotic hair styles such as Ombre, or is it Balayage? The effort to look great and different usually goes a whole lot better if you have know what you are getting into. So, here is a look at the difference between Balayage and Ombre – in case you have a problem telling them apart like many people do.
Balayage vs Ombre
Balayage is a Technique
The most basic difference between Balayage and Ombre is that the former is a technique, and the latter a style. Basically, Balayage is a way of dying hair that gives it various shades of color while still allowing it to retain its natural look, but considerably improving its appearance by improving its depth.
The term Balayage means “sweep” in French, that is because light and dark dyes are “swept” onto sections of the hair to give it natural highlights that make the hair look like it has been naturally lightened by exposure to the sun. The hair at the bottom is painted in darker colors, while the hair at the top is painted in lighter colors. Foils are not used during the technique as this would saturate the colors and ruin the intended natural look this technique is mean to achieve.
When done right, Balayage is quite stunning. It also comes in subtle flavors like strawberry and more bold versions such as galaxy. Balayage is the technique you should go for when you need perfect-looking sun-kissed hair. The technique’s effect on the hair is enhanced as it grows longer.
Ombre is a Style
Ombre, on the the other hand, is a styling technique. It is also based on hair color, which is why it is often confused with Balayage. With Ombre styling, the hair is darker at the roots and progressively lighter towards the ends.
Like Balayage, Ombre is a French word. It means “shadow”, and looking at hair that features this style, the reasoning behind this style’s name should be obvious. The idea is to have two or more colors painted into the hair, but in a smooth transition to really draw attention to the hair. Typically, the roots feature darker colors, while the ends are painted with much lighter shades.
Its effect on your hair can be just as captivating as what Balayage can offer. However, while Balayage is intended to create a natural-looking effect, Ombre is meant to create an obvious artificial effect on your hair.
Balayage More Suited to Thin, Short Hair
Since Balayage helps give your hair some depth, it is an amazing technique to use on your hair to make it look fuller while still maintaining its natural look. The technique also works better with short hair than the Ombre style.
Ombre better with Full, Long Hair
Ombre style is better suited to long and full hair since long hair can handle the transition color effect better. Additionally, full hair does not need any hair stylist’s help to look fuller and healthier.
To Sum Up
Still not seeing the difference between Balayage and Ombre? Well, think of Balayage as a way of highlighting your hair, while Ombre is a way of using color blocking on your hair. If you are confused about why one is a technique and the other is a style, you should also know that a hair style completely changes your hair to create a new or an improved fashionable look. On the other hand, a technique is less invasive, and simply enhances or alters your hair’s look in a subtle manner. Hopefully, this settles the Balayage vs Ombre issue for you.