Ombre vs. Balayage: What is the Difference?

The trending hair trends currently are ombre and balayage, and from first glance, they may look fairly similar on your Pinterest dashboard.

In similarities, they require low maintenance and easy to take care of, and they both provide a gradual transition of dark to light hair.

They add dimension and aesthetics and they look Phenomenal on any length and style of hair. But what exactly are the differences between the two and how do you know which of the two will look best on you and best fit your lifestyle?

What is balayage?

If you want to have a beach babe look, sun-kissed look for your hair, you’re probably imagining someone with a balayage hairstyle. In French, “balayage” literally means ‘to sweep,” and this technique focuses on how the color is applied to your hair.

This style enables your hairstylist to be free, as these highlights are hand-painted or swept across the surface of your hair. The lighter coloring is most prominent at the ends of your hair, which is perfect for an easy yet naturally sexy look.

Putting on Balayage, you don’t need to visit your hairstylist too often since your hair is darker at the top. If you have traditional highlights and you don’t like the way your hair looks when your roots start growing out, balayage is a great solution.

What is ombre?

Ombre hairstyles are more intentionally gradual than balayage hair coloring, and you’ve probably seen this hair type explode on your Instagram feed some years back. In French, “ombre” means “shadow” or “shade.”

This style includes any color combination, with the darker color on the top of your head fading to a lighter color toward the tips of your hair. Traditionally, you’ll have a brunette color that fades to a blonde, but if you are feeling feisty, you can have your brown locks transition into blue or pink color.

Choose our Houston, River Oaks Hair Stylists at Bella Rinova

Are you interested in giving ombre or balayage a try? Looking for a trusted hairstylist in Houston who will do it right and not leave your hair looking orange or too bleached out? If yes, we have good news for you. Our staff of hairstylists at Bella Rinova are all extremely experienced and highly skilled in their trade, and we can find a hair design for you that will make you stand out and look great.

Get hair coloring services that will make a statement. Book an appointment with us today by filling out our online form or by calling us at (713) 572-0022.