So you’re ready to change up your hair colour… but you can’t decide between Ombre and Balayage because, well, you have no idea what the difference is between them. Don’t worry – you’re not alone!


Very often, we see Ombre and Balayage getting confused for one another – so we thought it was about time we set this straight one and for all.


What exactly is the difference between Ombre and Balayage?


In a nutshell, Ombre is a bit more of a style, where as Balayage is a technique.


Ombre is a hair colour technique where all the ends of your hair a dyed a lighter colour. However, the transition from the deeper-coloured roots and light ends is much more blunt than what you would typically see with Balayage.


An ombre hairstyle can also be any colour combination—natural blonde, brown or red, or even something unique like pink, blue, green or purple. As an added bonus when opting for the ombre hairstyle, it is much easier on the budget because you don’t have to touch it up very often since the top section remains dark. The overall look of ombre hair colour can change as your hair grows out, which many clients enjoy!

On the other hand, balayage is all about how the colour is actually applied. The word Balayage originates from the French term “to sweep.” In a nutshell, balayage is typically a more “natural” look as the colour transition is much more subtle than what you would expect from Ombre.


One of the most appealing aspects of this hair colour and style is that fact that it’s super low maintenance as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so if you can’t afford to get it done for another month it won’t look atrocious. However, if your balayage isn’t done correctly you can end up with excessive overlapping that can cause damage.

Well, I guess that settles in then! The difference between Ombre and Balayage! Finally, we can all rest ;).


We’d love to know, which do you prefer? Balayage or Ombre?




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