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Balayage and Ombré, The Facts You Should Get To Understand

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Sometimes we find that our hairdressers are always saying terms that don't seem to be in English to introduce you to certain hair styles and hair color solutions. Balayage, Ombré, Sombré and Foilayage. Can you get the meaning of these noun? Here's how to understand Ombré, valuation, and all the differences between them, and how to find the best hair color solution for you. Here’s an article which introducing Ombré, Balayage and everything in-between, and how to figure out the best hair color solution for you!

I. Hair color from France

In fact, the terms we introduced above, which you may not be able to read, are all from French. Two of the words we often see in the beauty field, Balayage and Ombré.
The mean of Balayage is the French word for “sweep” (it’s a technique that originated in France), which means a great way to describe this kind of freehand highlighting technique, which involves your stylist “painting” colour onto your hair.
On the other hand, as for the meaning of Ombré, it means "A natural look", and in the finished form, it simply means a mixture of dark color from the roots to light color at the ends, which would mean a more visible result than Balayage. In layman's terms, it can be described as a gradual coloring of the hair.

II. Fact of Ombré dye hairstyle

1. What is Ombré?

Ombré means "shade" and "shadow" in French. In the world of hair coloring, Ombré is a dramatic two-tone hair coloring effect that usually darkens the top and brightens the bottom. In most cases, the upper dark areas are natural hair color and the lower areas are lightened with a hair lightener. Ombré hairstyles can also be any combination of colors, including natural blondes, browns, reds, or unconventional ones such as burgundy, blue, pink, and purple. Versatile, adjustable, and mostly Suitable for long and medium hair lengths. The big plus of Ombré hair color is that it's budget friendly. The top is dark so you don't need to fix it often. The overall look of Ombré hair color can change as the hair grows and is enjoyed by many clients!

Ombre dye for black women

2. Different types of Ombré color

A more subtle version of the Ombré is called a Sombré. A calm hairstyle will soften the contrast between the two tones. Another variation is called color melting. Color melting allows you to use two or three hair colors on each strand, and each shade blends with the sides of the hair color brush and appears to blend together. Like Ombré, color melting can be done with either natural-looking hair shades or rainbow fun colors!

3. Which Ombré is ready for you?

If you like to make statements in your hair, then if you are creative and adventurous in your personal style, then do it! Make sure your hair is healthy from the beginning. Otherwise, your hair will look dull and will disappear quickly.

ombre dyeing for black women/african american

If necessary, improve your hair condition with healthy healing conditioning treatments and hair masks before heading to the salon for Ombré hair color!

III. Facts of Balayage 

1. What is Balayage?

Balayage means "clean up" in French. In the world of hair coloring, the highlights of the barrage are either hand-painted or swept across the surface of the hair. The application starts at the root, gradually becomes heavier as you move along the section, and finally the lightener or hair color is applied the heaviest. Because the hair color or lightener is concentrated on the top of each strand, the underside is darkened, giving the hair a very natural dimensional effect. The resulting subtle variety of hairstyles mimics the natural sun-kissed effect that has been in demand for some time among celebrities, models, and famous it girls. Balayage can be done with any hair color, from blonde hair to red hair to brown hair, but it is usually not the first choice for ultra-dark brunettes. Beautiful with long hair and medium length. Like Ombré, barrage highlights are cheap because the tops of the hair are kept dark and do not require frequent corrections.

Balayage dyeing Wig for Black Women

2. Different types of Balayage:

By the reason of the Balayage is a hand-painted solution of dying, the barber's artistry works, allowing for many changing and beautiful color compositions. For example, a hair color artist can combine multiple shades to create a sparkling three-dimensional result. If you have thick hair, you can choose the foil age technique. Instead of the Balayage emphasizing the air process after application, they are wrapped in foil, which provides more heat and thus enhances the weight reduction process. Balayage can also be combined with traditional highlights placed near the face and subtle baby lights placed around the face and hairline to enhance skin tone.

3. What is Balayage for you?

If you like hair color that looks sexy and natural (and who doesn't?), Balayage is a beautiful choice! Balayage Hair Color brings to life almost every hairstyle!


As you can see from these special terms coming from French, France has a very strong heritage in the fashion world. By the same token we can think of many fashion terms that also come from French, and we know that if we want to embrace fashion, we can learn from the best of the French. 

Is balayage a cut or color?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Can Balayage cover GREY hair?

Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier on your hair overall.

Is ombré hair still in fashion?

It's been 11 years since ombre hair first started trending back in 2012. Thankfully we've come a long way from those DIY YouTube jobs and those brassy blonde ends are now a thing of the past. Ombre styles now are much more subtle and way more blended than they ever used to be.

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