You already know the meaning of Ombre from my blog Ombre Eyes (if not duck across and read it now!), so lets get straight to it! Ombre is a massively popular trend in hair. It can be done with blondes, browns, auburns, or whatever colour you choose. The technique has developed to such a level of expertise that now the best colour technicians have down pat the perfect blend or fade that is the signature of successful ombre…
So what’s the difference between Balayage and Ombre?
There is a distinct difference between balayage and ombre and it is all in the application and the result. Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is painted onto the hair to add highlights as opposed to doing traditional highlighting with foils. This gives more control to the technician to create a softer and customized colour result. Colour is painted lightly around the roots to mid lengths and heavier on the ends to create a natural sun-kissed look. The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result.
Here are some Balayage colours…
The resulting look from Ombre is sort of like balayage taken to the extreme; that is, adding more contrast in colour. Ombre involves shading the hair from dark to light, usually roots being the darkest and ends the lightest, however there is also the trend seen every now and then of the reverse ombre. Hair is teased and then colour applied to achieve a seamless shading of the chosen colour.
Why choose Ombre?
- Ombre is potentially less maintenance than a solid colour or highlights if you have your own natural colour, or one tone deeper or lighter, as the root colour. If this is the case you won’t have to be religious over the timing of your appointments. That is unless you still want to cover grey.
- it is creative colour.
- the style has a bit more edge in comparison to balayage, but it can still look soft, feminine and romantic in longer lengths of hair.
- darker root colour frames the face, and lighter mid lengths to ends are not so solid or harsh, adding softness to the style and colour.
- It can be done gradually so that you are not shocked with the colour change.
Here are some Ombre light to dark and dark to light colour transitions…
So, what are your thoughts? What do you like and will you be trying any of these colour trends yourself? Is Ombre too dramatic for you, do you prefer the softness of Balayage? Or do you love how striking Ombre is? Do you already have Ombre or Balayage?