With all the new word creations in hair coloring techniques, you can quickly get the feeling that you need a dictionary for the hairdresser: German – hairdresser, hairdresser – German. In fact, the word balayage is derived from the French “balayer”, which means something like “sweep” or “sweep”. Ombré also comes from the French language and means “to shade.” We reveal what distinguishes the techniques and what variations there are.
# What is ombré?
With the ombré technique, a color gradient is evoked in the hair. However, to do this, do not start coloring the hair directly at the base, but only at the level of the ears. Typical of the ombré look: the dyed ends of the hair are significantly lighter than the rest of the mane. That is why ombré is also suitable for the transition period where you want to slowly lighten dark hair, but not all hair.
# What is balayage?
The special thing about the balayage dyeing method is that the strands are applied completely freehand on the hair and their length and thickness are varied. Also, usually only focus is omitted and the contrast between color nuances is usually softer.
Balayage and ombré: these are the differences
- With the balayage technique only the roots are left out, with the ombré you only start to lighten the hair at the level of the ears.
- With the balayage method, the locks are painted freehand on the hair, while the foil technique is used for the ombré.
- Balayage relies on a more natural result, while ombré often has stronger contrasts between colors.
- Balayage highlights hair, ombré results in a harder color gradient with clearly recognizable edges.
This photo clearly shows the differences: on the left you can see the ombré style, on the right the result of the balayage technique:
# What is shady?
Sombré is a softer version of the ombré look. Care is taken to ensure that transitions are made as smooth as possible. The mixed colors are usually very similar and the transitions do not have harder edges, as is often the case with the ombré technique. Everything is achieved through various shades of color that are mixed. The result is a gradient that looks very natural.
# What is extravagance?
With the flamboyant technique, special cling films are used to evoke highlights in the hair that look as natural as possible. The end result is similar to that obtained with the balayage method. So it depends more on what your hairdresser prefers to wear. Check out this YouTube video to see how it works:
# What is foliage?
With foilage, the balayage technique relies on aluminum foil. In this way, the individual strands in the area of the ends are lightened even more. The effect: the color gradient looks even more natural, as if it was not the hairdresser but the sun that deceived the hair a few shades lighter.
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As you can see, balayage and ombré have some differences. What you like the most is a matter of taste. Be it ombre, foilage or palm paint: the main thing is that you feel comfortable with your new hairstyle! Y? What dyeing technique did you like? Feel free to tell us in the comments which highlighting method you’d like to try next!