The word Ombre comes from the French word “shadow.” Ombre is the actual style. It is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade. Generally, Ombre’s work best on brunettes because it is the least subtle of all the techniques. A Sombre is what we would see on blondes. That technique is more subtle, hence the word Sombre. Ombre is great for the more daring girl, it is more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is similar to color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, creating a nice transition amongst the colors. The Ombre is a gorgeous look.
Balayage and Ombre are very similar, but there are very obvious differences between the two. The word “Balayage” comes from a French word which means “to sweep.” When applying the color for a Balayage, you sweep the color through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter color. In Balayage, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an Ombre.
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