The Difference between Ombré and Balayage


With any dye job comes the dreaded regrowth that reveals your roots after a few weeks. If you’re looking for a more low maintenance dye job, consider the very trendy ombré or balayage techniques. Both methods are great alternatives to traditional foil highlights and offer relief from the hassle of covering and touching up regrowth.



Balayage comes from a French method of “sweeping” color onto hair, developed in the 1970s. Balayage gives hair a more natural coloring, appearing sun-kissed when finished, like the natural highlights you get from being out in the sun. Your first balayage coloring will be a natural, brighter, sun-kissed look. If desire to be as blonde as possible, this will take several blonding appointments, but once your treatment is done, your look lasts as long as you want. With Balayage expect a more subtle regrowth line in your hair.

Balayage is hand-applied to the surface of your hair, with little saturation until closer to the ends. The process is also foil-free, so the effects last longer than foil’s usual 6 weeks.

Balayage coloring works on dark or light hair and for most lengths, with the exception of very short hair, with which it can be difficult to see results. It’s also great for covering gray hair. Caring for balayage coloring is simple; just protect it like you would any other color-treated hair. Most importantly balayage leaves your hair with a glowing, healthy finish.

Balayage requires precise application and it's highly recommended that you see a professional stylist. Not only is it difficult to achieve at home, but if it isn’t done correctly, you can expect some overlapping in your applications, which leads to hair damage. As your stylist I can also decide the color and coloring technique that’s best suited for your hair.




Ombré is the gradual lightening of hair, and is French for “shaded” or “shading.” The ombré hair color transition typically starts darker at the roots and becomes lighter toward the ends of hair. Unlike Balayage, ombre often requires the hair to be bleached, depending on how light you want your hair.


Ombré often results in a striking contrast between the top and bottom halves of your hair. That doesn’t have to be the case though: with the right technique, your ombre look can be as subtle or as striking as you want. Best of all, it works on hair of any length, so you’re less confined than with balayage. Caring for ombre coloring is also simple, only requiring touch-ups a couple of times each year.

Like balayage, it’s best to see a professional stylist for the application of your ombre coloring. Any bleaching done incorrectly will cause damage to your hair. Ombré is usually applied in two steps, the first being base color and the second being highlights. Once your stylist applies your ombre style, be sure to refrain from washing your hair for 48-72 hours.

Whether you choose balayage or ombré, you’re guaranteed to be looking good and feeling fine, all with very little maintenance.