What’s The Difference Between Balayage & Ombré?  Fin & Co Hair Salon in Carnoustie Explain…

One of the most popular hair colour techniques in recent years is balayage.  This is a freehand hair colouring technique where highlights are painted onto the hair to give it a sun-kissed look.   

There are several variations of balayage and you may also have heard of root stretch, babylights, ombré and sombré.  Clients are often confused about which is which so we thought we’d set the record straight and share with you some of the differences

Balayage colour specialists in Carnoustie







Balayage vs Ombré Hair Colour

The word ombré comes from the French word “shadow”.  It offers you a ‘two tone’ effect where you hair transitions from one shade to another with a definite demarcation line between the two shades.  Ombré is great for those whose are more daring with their hair as it is far more noticeable than balayage. 

The word balayage comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. When applying the colour for balayage, we will sweep the colour in vertical sections throughout your hair, adding colour or, very often blonde highlights, where the sun might naturally catch your hair.  We usually create a natural sun-kissed look using balayage, but we can use fashion colours too.

Should I Have Sombré Hair Colour or Babylights?

You may also hear people refer to root stretch or sombré.  Sombré is even more subtle that balayage.  We will take the darker hair colour found at the roots of your hair and subtly weave it through the lengths of your hair.  We may use other colours to give a more multi-dimensional look, but the end result is a subtle blend of colours.

Babylights is another lovely, subtle look where we add very fine highlights throughout your hair.  These are designed to mimic the natural highlights you might see in a child’s hair.  We might even make the colour slightly blonder towards the end of your hair so it looks incredibly natural and sun-kissed.  Gorgeous!

Book Your Hair Colour Appointment at Fin & Co Hair Salon in Carnoustie

We are waiting to transform your hair using hair colour.  If you’ve seen a look you love, why not share the image with us so we can recreate the look for you?  Call the salon on 01241 852321 or book online here. 


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