Hair Trend: Ombré and Balayage, what’s the difference?

Over the past couple of years, two hair trends have taken the hair industry by storm. Stylists are being asked by their clients to give them the popular ombré (pronounced om-bree) or balayage (pronounced bah-lee-AHZGE) looks. While both are absolutely gorgeous and look very similar, there are some more differences, besides the technique. Before asking your stylist for the ombré or balayage look, check out our tips on deciding the best choice for you:

Ombré

Ombré is the gradual lightening of the hair, this look consists of darker roots and lighter ends. If you’re ok with having darker roots, and having to curl your hair- the ombré look is for you. This look usually leaves clients looking like they haven’t visited a salon in quite some time, hence the darker roots. Curling your hair or leaving it wavy may be necessary because the contrast between the roots and the lighter parts of hair is more drastic, opposed to the balayage look. Curling of the hair may not be appealing to someone on the go!

Here is an example of the ombré look:

The ombré look done by Salon Sessions' Matt Campbell. Photo by Matt Campbell.

The ombré look done by Salon Sessions’ Matt Campbell. Photo by Matt Campbell.

Balayage

Balayage is a more, natural, sun-kissed look. Balayage means “to sweep” in French-this is exactly what your stylist is doing while applying the lighter color to your hair. While applying the lighter color to your hair, the brush strokes are horizontal to the front and back of your hair strands. Ultimately, balayage can be less maintenance. When styling your hair, you can wear your hair straight or curled. Also, the color is less subtle and this may mean less trips to the salon.
Here is an example of the balayage look:

The balayage look done by Anabelle Ruiz at Salon Sessions. Photo by Anabelle Ruiz.

The balayage look done by Anabelle Ruiz at Salon Sessions. Photo by Anabelle Ruiz.

At Salon Sessions, our stylists are constantly being asked by clients for both these looks- we’re great at what we do! Check out our Instagram to view our stylists’ take on both these looks and if you’re in the Pasadena area, book your next hair appointment with our team.

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