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Sometimes its hard to know the difference, so here’s how to understand the difference between Balayage and Ombré , and how to figure out which is the best choice for you and hair!

What is ombré? 

In French, ombré means “shade” or “shadow.” In the hair colour world, ombré is a dramatic, two-toned hair colour effect that is typically darker at the top and lighter on the bottom. Often the dark, top section is your natural hair color shade and the bottom section is lightened with hair lightener. An ombré hairstyle can also be any colour combination—natural blonde, brown or red, or something a little different like pink, blue, green or purple. It’s versatile, customisable and suitable for most long and medium hair lengths. A big plus with ombré hair colour is that it’s easy on the budget. You don’t have to touch it up very often since the top section remains dark. The overall look of ombré hair color can change as your hair grows out, which many clients enjoy! 

The different types of ombré: 

A subtler version of ombré is called sombré. In a sombré hairstyle, the contrast between the two tones is softer. Another variation is called color melting. In color melting, two or three hair color shades may be used on each strand, and each shade is blended with the side of the hair color brush so that they appear to melt into each other. Like ombré, colour melting can be done with natural-looking hair color shades or with any of the fun colours of the rainbow! 

Is ombré for you? 

If you like to make a statement with your hair, if you’re creative and adventurous with your personal style, go for it! Just be sure your hair is healthy to begin with, otherwise your hair colour will look dull and will fade quickly. If necessary, spend some time using healthy, healing conditioning treatments (we LOVE Vitaplex – which is available in the salon) to improve the condition of your hair before your ombré hair colour!


What is balayage? 

In French, balayage means “sweeping.” In the hair colour world, balayage highlights are hand-painted or swept along the surface of the hair. The application begins away from the roots and gradually becomes heavier as it travels along the section, culminating in the heaviest application of lightener or hair colour at the ends. Because the hair color or lightener is concentrated on the surface of each section, the underside remains darker, which gives the hair a very natural, dimensional effect. The resulting subtle balayage hairstyle mimics a natural, sun-kissed effect that has been in high demand from celebrities, models and high profile “it” girls for some time now. Balayage can be done on any hair color, from blonde hair to red hair to brown hair, although it’s typically not the first choice for super dark brunettes. It’s beautiful on long hair and on medium-length hair. Like ombré, balayage highlights are cost-effective because they don’t require frequent touchups, since the hair at the top is kept darker. 

The different types of balayage: 

Because balayage is a hand-painting technique, the artistry of our fabulous hair stylists comes into play and allows for many variations and beautiful colour compositions. We might combine several shades, for example, for a shimmering, dimensional result. If your hair is dark, we may opt for a foilayage technique. In foilayage, instead of allowing the balayage highlights to process in the air after they’re applied, they’re wrapped in foil, which provides more heat, and therefore amplifies the lightening process. Balayage may also be combined with conventional highlights placed closer to the face, or with fine, baby-lights placed around the face and hairline for a complexion-boosting glow. 

Is balayage for you? 

If you love sexy, natural-looking hair color (and who doesn’t?) balayage is a beautiful choice! Balayage hair colour will bring nearly every hairstyle to life!