Here’s what you should know about the differences between balayage and ombre so you can make an informed decision about which looks would suit you best.
What is Ombre?
The debate of balayage vs. ombre really gets to the heart of how you define a hairstyle. The best way to answer this question is to understand what each word means.
You’ve probably seen plenty of variations on the dark-to-light theme under the guise of “ombre.” Technically speaking, Ombre means “shadow” in French, and it is used when referring to any style where the hair has a natural shadow effect caused by highlighting.
The typical ombre hair style involves dark brunette roots that fade gradually to a lighter color at the tips. The shadow is created top to bottom, and there are no dark strands left in the ends to break up the lighter color.
What is Balayage?
By contrast, balayage hair is a variation of the ombre theme. In this case, balayage means “to sweep” in French. Thus, the highlights are swept through the hair at intervals, rather than being applied evenly to the ends.
In addition, the highlights are not done using foils, so there are no harsh lines in the hair. The resulting look is more natural and looks similar to how your hair would naturally lighten in the sun. You still get the same shadow effect that ombre calls for, but with more movement.
Many hair salons in Dallas offer both ombre and balayage services. Due to the complexity of these techniques you need to be sure that you are going to a stylist who has experience with these looks. A bad ombre or balayage will leave your hair with odd blocks of color that can be difficult to repair.
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