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What’s the difference between a Balayage & Ombre?

The Difference Between a Balayage and Ombre at Wisteria Avenue in Abingdon, Oxfordshire

At Wisteria Avenue hairdressing salon Abingdon, the question of what the difference is between a Balayage and Ombre is a common one.

Understanding the difference between both can sometimes become confusing. Terminology, a blend of both a balayage and ombre and a classification of both being the same can muddy the waters. At Wisteria Avenue we are understanding that hair colour need not be a burden nor complicated territory unnecessary.

If you are exploring the option of either a Balayage or Ombre, let us know! Our expert Stylists are help to help, guide and support you with your next hair colour! Interested? Call our Abingdon salon on 01235 534705 or book online here.

So what’s the difference?

Very simple balayage offers a more sun kissed look by selecting pieces of hair whereas an ombre quite literally is the shading of the mid-ends of the hair before being blended.

Ombré Facts

  • Pronounced ‘om-bray’.
  • French meaning ‘shading’.
  • Similar to the sunkissed look of a balayage, however rather than carefully selecting pieces, hair is both blended before shading larger sections of the hair.
  • Not just restriced to one shade of hair; brunettes, blondes, coppers, reds. Just about any colour there are possibilities.
  • Ombre can be presented either softly or harshly depending on your desired finish.
  • Highlighting starts lower down (normally around the ear) rather than the root.

 

Balayage Facts

  • Pronounced ‘bah-lee-ahge’.
  • French meaning ‘sweeping’.
  • Designed to look sun kissed rather than artificial.
  • More commonly a freehand technique is used to create a balayage.
  • Not just restricted to one shade of hair; brunettes, blondes, coppers, reds. Just about any colour there are possibilities.
  • Allows for a softer finish.
  • Colourists can hand select pieces for a more natural more visually appealing finish.
  • Highlighting starts lower down (normally around the ear) rather than the root.

Colour Consultation

Interested in a colour consultation with Wisteria Avenue hairdressing in Abingdon, Oxfordshire? Call our hair salon on 01235 534705 or check out our latest appointments using our booking platform, here.

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