OMBRÉ VS. BALAYAGE

OMBRÉ VS. BALAYAGE

BALAYAGE VS. OMBRÉ: WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER?

Balayage and Ombré are hair coloring techniques that have been extremely popular for several years. What initially seemed like short-lived trends has now established itself in the long term due to its timeless, natural look. If you want a little refresh for your hair, these coloring techniques can give your hair a subtle upgrade. However, you don't have to risk looking completely different after visiting the hairdresser. If you're thinking about coloring your hair using the ombré or balayage technique but aren't sure which you like better, the following post might help you decide.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE OMBRÉ TECHNIQUE?

Ombré, or “shadow” in German, conjures up a gentle shading in your hair and gives it more depth. With the ombré coloring technique, the hair is colored freely by hand, starting at approximately chin length. The rest remains dark or is colored dark if necessary. Of course, this style works best when done by a professional. This ensures that the transition from dark to light looks as smooth and natural as possible. The look is intended to imitate the natural surfer look, whose hair is naturally slightly bleached from the interaction of sea water and sun.

WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BALAYAGE?

Balayage comes from the French term “balayer”. This means “to sweep”. With the balayage technique you could also say that the color is swept into the hair. In contrast to highlights, the color is applied to the surface of the hair with sweeping movements by hand and without the use of foils. The hairdresser decides individually which strands he will color with what intensity or which not at all. This only makes the result all the more unique. The color is not applied to each strand starting from the hairline. This means that your hair does not have to be painstakingly recolored every time you visit the hairdresser. Although the hair can be refreshed if necessary, re-dyeing usually only becomes necessary after about six months to a whole year. The difference to the ombré technique is that the color is distributed across the hair on individual strands and not exclusively at the ends of the hair. Balayage can be done with one or two different colors. This ensures a natural look. A subtly sun-kissed look is usually intended for balayage. Just like with the ombré, a lighter color is used.

WHICH COLORS ARE SUITABLE FOR BALAYAGE AND OMBRÉ?

Ombre and balayage can be dyed on any natural hair color. With the balayage technique, the result is usually intended to give the hair interesting shades and look natural. For a natural look, colors that are only slightly lighter than the natural hair color are best suited. So the color just looks like a subtle shade. With the ombré coloring technique, your hair is colored lighter and lighter from top to bottom. This may result in a stronger contrast between your original color and the lightest part of the hair. This means your hair can be deep dark brown at the roots and light blonde at the tips.

If you want to make your hair a real eye-catcher but don't have the courage to wear a uniform bright color on your head, you can also use the ombré or balayage coloring technique with bright colors. The individual strands or tips can then shine in strong pink, turquoise or purple, for example. The result is less natural, but more of a statement.

WHAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN COLORING THE OMBRÉ OR BALAYAGE LOOK?

If you would like to have your hair colored using one of the techniques, you should consult a professional. This is where amateurs can quickly have mishaps when dyeing. The transition in the ombré look can otherwise appear very harsh and unnatural. With balayage, a professional has a much better eye for where to highlight areas to get a beautiful finish.

For ombré and balayage looks, your hair must first be bleached and, if you have darker hair, darkened again if necessary. Bleaching, in particular, puts a strain on your hair. Therefore, you have to pay attention to intensive hair care. Use a rich conditioner every time you wash your hair and pamper your hair with a hair mask once a week. The “Renaissance” line from MeMademoiselle cares for stressed hair and helps with regeneration.

In addition, special care for colored hair ensures that the color looks fresh and radiant for as long as possible. The “Color Lock” line from MeMademoiselle helps with this.