When ombre hair is compared to balayage

The hair world borrowed the term ‘Ombre’ from the french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. It is usually achieved using a balayage technique and is ideal for clients looking for a low-maintenance style.

The Ombre hair coloring technique has taken the hair color world by storm.

From professional models to the girl next door, everyone’s getting in on the action of this awesome hair coloring trend. The style has been adopted by many celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Lauren Conrad, Nicole Kidman and Beyoncé.

The Ombre technique can seem intimidating to stylists that are used to the control of foils but as difficult as this technique can look, the results are always gorgeous and way easier than you think.

Benefits of Ombre Hair Color

One of the many reasons this technique is so great is that it looks good on almost anyone. Other benefits:

  • Great technique for your low maintenance clients or people that are just trying out hair color for the first time.
  • Ombre requires very little upkeep, making it easier for it to remain on trend.
  • Stay current and of the moment by introducing your clients to new trends and techniques.

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Stepping Away From the Foils

Balayage is the technique that is used to achieve an Ombre look.

Do not be tempted to try this technique with foils as you will end up with harsh lines of demarcation.

Keep in mind that when you’re working with a lightener that is not incubated by foil, it’s going to act a bit differently. First off, keep your lightener moist (so it will stay activated) and work with a higher volume developer on clients who have layers of color on their ends.

Keep it Clean

Ombre hair color is usually a two-step process with the base color being done first and then the highlights added to clean, dry hair. You can do the all over color and highlights at the same time, but this is where is can get pretty messy.

Keep in mind how long the hair will take to lift with the lightener. You don’t want your base color to be finished processing before the highlights and in my experience, the hair always takes longer to lighten outside of a foil packet.

The difference from balayage

The two are very similar, but there are very obvious distinctions between the two! The word “Balayage” comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. Now, if you have ever seen someone get a balayage in the salon, this probably makes sense to you. 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 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.


Other similar techniques

Hair painting

Hair painting is a huge trend right now with some of the more artistic stylists. With this technique, the hair is painted freely, by hand and usually with an actual paint brush and palette. Hair should be laid flat and is typically separated by plastic wrap. The lightener or color is usually not placed in any specific pattern but where it should be seen. The hard part about hair painting, is the stylist must have a super trained (or natural) eye for this kind of thing. This technique creates natural-looking and softer tones. Plus it is much faster than foils and there is no possibility of lines of demarcation!


Babylights are super subtle and delicate highlights created using a technique that mimics the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. Hence “baby”lights. This look is very natural looking and creates the ultimate sun-kissed expression on the hair. This technique is very similar to highlights, with a touch of bayalage. The amount of hair in the foil is the main difference. Babylights require much less hair than traditional highlights. The result is subtle but beautiful and amazing for blonde on blonde dimension!


Foilyage is another new trend similar to the above techniques. The process essentially combines the way balayage is painted and the vibrancy that foils achieves with the color. This technique is essentially the upgraded version on balayage and a saving grace for dark hair since it incorporates foil (meaning you get more lift).

Hopefully, through this discussion, i can bring an overview of hair extensions to you, especially of hair color. In the near future, Layla’s team will try our best to improve the technology to supply you with various colors including cold colors group.

We are so open – minded to hear all advice from customers so do not hesitate to contact us!

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