Throughout the 2010’s, both ombre and balayage have maintained sizable popularity—at least, for those who frequently color their hair. People who aren’t quite so hair-savvy or don’t have many fashion-oriented friends may not have heard of these coloring techniques. If they have, they may not know the differences between them and consider both styles interchangeable. However, there are a few key differences between these styles, which are important to know if you want to request one of them at your next salon appointment.

What Is Ombre?

“Ombre” comes from the French language and means “two-toned.” Ombre is a dyeing technique that creates a gradient effect on your hair, which is usually a gradual transition from dark to light and extends from roots to ends. This look is popular because it lends the effect the wearer has had a bleaching treatment performed upon their hair and let it fade over time, letting their dark roots gradually overtake the lightened parts. Some stylists only recommend this look for people with naturally dark hair. However, there are many variations for a wide variety of hair colors, even unnatural ones

The most important thing to keep in mind with respect to ombre hair is it is intense, both in look and the amount of maintenance it requires. You will have to spend a considerable amount of time in the salon to keep ombre hair fresh, which may not work for people who are already constantly on the go.

What Is Balayage?

When you color your hair, you need to use hydrating shampoo.

Hydrating shampoo is needed when coloring your hair.

“Balayage” also comes from the French language and means “sweep.” The meaning of the word is quite literal because your stylist will apply this coloring technique to your hair by performing one large sweep over your hair, starting from the roots and pulling down toward your ends. Balayage looks similar to ombre because it’s usually a subtle shift from dark coloring to light. However, balayage is meant to look more natural, as if the sun’s rays have bleached your hair, rather than a hair stylist’s brush.

Stylists recommend you have at least shoulder-length hair for this look to take full effect. Compared to ombre, balayage is more subtle on all accounts. It looks more natural and requires less maintenance. You can let your hair grow out over time, and because there will be lighter streaks farther up your hair, the coloring will still look fairly unchanged.

As stated above, the difference between balayage and ombre is the severity involved. Balayage is more subtle and natural-looking than ombre hair and requires far less upkeep, which is good for busy people. At RemySoft Solutions, we carry an assortment of products to help your hair flourish, whether its colored or kept natural! Try our hydrating shampoo and leave in conditioner to nourish your hair. For further protection, you can rely on our protective hair serum. For more information on how we can help you and your hair, contact us.