Balayage? Ombre? Sombre? Color Melt?.. It’s all so confusing to most. It all sounds so cool yet what’s the difference? I mean, everyone has their own interpretation for what hair color should look like, right?
Time and time again we are asked the simple question, Whats the difference between Balayage and Ombre? I hope I can break it down for you with a few pictures I found from a colleague in Ontario, Canada who did and amazing job depicting the difference between all of these amazing looks.
Basically, they all have the same thing in common. LOW MAINTENANCE! Who doesn’t love that? All of these looks are more customized, more natural, and are modern techniques that are much more flattering. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that’ll never go out of fashion. These techniques give a gorgeous healthy finish that looks nature-enhanced, glossy and expensive. It can be natural or strong, whatever you want, it’s all about the application technique.
“Balayage” is French for “to sweep” or “to paint”. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. It is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of color that isn’t very soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foils are used to create the highlights.
“Ombre” isn’t just another french word, its a technique of having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark. Some will color the ends of the hair lighter while keeping the darker colors at the root to avoid the “rooty Blonde” look. Some have done a reverse ombre where the lighter color is at the root and the darker color at the ends. The technique is done with Foils, clear wrap or freehand depending on the desired look.It can be created with strong lines or softer, more blended lines and softer colors which brings us to the made up word………..
“Sombre” created to mean “ Soft Ombre”. The same as ombre except the color change from dark to light is much more subtle!
A “Colour Melt” is a combination of many colors that “melt ” into each other by using a technique where a soft brush is used to move the colors together to make a seamless color change throughout the whole strand of hair. So much so that you can’t tell where one color starts and the other ends!
All of these techniques can be used together or separately to create an array of looks!
At EG Salon– we have taken the guesswork out of these hot new trends.
See any of our stylists and check out our Happy Hour specials for the opportunity to try a few of these looks. A complimentary customized consultation is always one of EG Salon service standards to assure you of the perfect look that fits your needs and your budget!
Helping to keep you gorgeous, everyday…Georgi