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Balayage is a French word meaning “to paint” or “to sweep.” It’s a freehand hair coloring technique which gives your hair that subtly blended multi-dimensional multi-layered multi-tonal sun-kissed natural-look preferred by sophisticated celebrities – with fewer harsh, obvious re-growth lines between salon appointments.
The hair colorist hand-paints soft pieces of color from your hair roots to hair tips. Technically, it’s a highlighting technique. However, don’t confuse it with the traditional foil highlights of yesteryear. No more sitting in the salon under heat, with numerous foils, in your quest to become blonder. Today, balayage has overtaken traditional foil highlights as a more modern way to brighten and lighten your hair.
Ombré is a French word meaning “to shadow” or “to shade.” It too is a freehand hair coloring technique. Here the colorist keeps your hair darker from your roots to mid-shaft, then lighter from mid-shaft to your tips. Ombré likely was the original hand-painting technique you first heard about – for brunettes transitioning to blonde, or bolder women transitioning to even bolder colors, without saturating entire strands of hair and overpowering skin tones. Like balayage: ombré too does not involve use of traditional heat-requiring foils, and is a terrific low-maintenance look
Though they both are low-key looks to enable going from dark to light, there are important subtle differences between them. Balayage delivers a more graduated natural sun-kissed look, and frames your face in a more customized way because a skilled colorist places highlights where sunlight would more naturally fall on your hair.
- You have long hair. Balayage also works for most hair lengths, except very short/cropped hair such as pixie crops.
- You have straight, wavy, or curly hair.
- You’re looking for color that doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional color between salon appointments. Typically, lasts for up to 4 months between refresh.
- You’re not just trying to cover grey hair. Full coverage of grey hair is better done by other color processes.
Here are some current popular trends:
- Sombré, which means “soft ombré” because it delivers subtler changes in color from roots to tips than ombré. It’s become a hot trend with the advent of the grey/silver hair trend.
- Flamboyage, which is similar to balayage but adds even lighter hair tips. Essentially a blend of balayage and ombré. It’s a new alternative to traditional highlights if you want a subtler look.
- Babylights, which is very fine subtle highlights. Terrific for fine texture hair. Uses foils, like traditional highlights do, but the results are not as streaky and harsh.
That depends on the length of your hair (short, medium, long), type of hair (curly, wavy, straight), hair texture (fine, medium, thick), and desired results. Our prices range from $175 – $250.