If you are a self-confessed beauty addict, then you probably do not have any problems talking about balayage and ombré hair. But for those of you who get uneasy when the conversation turns to these French terms, here is all you need to know about these techniques!

Balayage is a technique that you can use to achieve an ombré hair colouring effect. So the basic difference is, balayage is a technique and ombré is a hair colouring effect.

Balayage
 

Balayage

  • The word ‘balayage’ comes from the French word that means ‘to sweep’
  • Balayage is a technique used to get maximum colour saturation at the roots that gradually fades into a lighter shade of the same colour towards the roots
  • Only one hair colour is used in the process
  • The colour is applied at the roots and the hair colour is distributed along the lengths of the hair by a sweeping motion. This helps achieve the gradual transition from dark roots to lighter ends
  • This technique requires no foil
  • Balayage is different from highlights, as highlighting involves applying a colour with the same saturation from root to tip using foils. But balayage sweeps the same colour along the lengths of the hair so the colour fades in saturation gradually

Ombré
 

Ombré

  • The word ‘ombré ’means ‘shadow’. By using the ombré hair colouring effect, you are creating the illusion of a shadow on your hair
  • The transition is much quicker in ombré hair between the darker roots and the lighter ends. A lighter highlight hair colour is placed on the lower 1/3rd of your hair and this is blended so it transitions into your natural hair colour as you move up
  • The colour transition from dark roots to lighter ends is sharp
  • The colour placement in ombré is horizontal, whereas in balayage it is vertical

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