Ombre Hair Colour

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?

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 in a gradual blend as opposed to doing traditional highlighting with foils that are the one colour from root to end.

Balayage application technique gives the colourist greater in create a soft and customized colour result, that will not give a defined demarcation/noticable regrowth, but rather have an ombre effect where the applied colour blends seamlessly into your natural or base colour.

Ombre can be subtle or dramatic. You can see in the examples below 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 subtle Balayage ombre colours…







The resulting look from dramatic Ombre is sort of like the examples above taken to the extreme; that is, adding more contrast in colour and creating a noticable fade. 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 Balayage?

  • 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/base 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 and flavour in comparison to standard highlights.
  • Ombre Balayage can 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 and your hair is not damaged with the colour change.

Here are some dramatic 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 dramatic Ombre too styled or passe for you? Do you prefer the softness of a subtle Balayage? Or do you love how striking dramatic Ombre is? Do you already have or have you experienced these hair colouring techniques and styles before?

Take a look at some more great examples of dramatic ombre on our Pinterest Board Dramatic Ombre Balayage and Subtle Ombre Balayage.

1 reply
  1. Jorkee
    Jorkee says:

    Love ombre, but don’t know if it is just a fad…I think there are so many people doing it these days, this is a style that used to look so original but has now become a bit passe. I guess if you do it, you should do it because you love the look, not just to be current/’on trend’.


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