The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage

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We, as hairstylists, know the difference between an ombre and a balayage. But we get asked this question ALL THE TIME! Or we get an appointment request for an “ombre balayage” and we are over here thinking, “Well, which one?!” So once again, we are here to set the record straight and share with you the difference between the two styles.

Ombre is the “Style”

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, ombres 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 definitely more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is kind of like color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colors. While the ombre is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right! A bad ombre can make all the difference and please don’t try to do it on your own ladies! That’s the style called Homebre and no one wants that!
Here are a few examples of some Ombres that we have done here at the salon:

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Here is a few things we highly recommend when it comes to getting, maintaining and styling an ombre!

Olaplex #1 and #2 are used in the salon and is the perfect was to lighten your hair with less damage. This #3 is the perfect home care mask for pre-lightened hair!


This shampoo is a must for lightened hair! Purple shampoo is what cancels out the warmth (yellow/orange) colors and keeps your blonde looking fresh and perfectly colored!


And here is how to get those curls! This particular 1″ Iron is our personal favorite here at the salon and ideal for pretty much any hair length!

Balayage is the “Technique”

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. Looking for the best balayage in San Diego, click here.

To show you some visuals of our own work, scroll down!

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Now that you know the difference, are you comfortable with changing your hair up?! See hope so! Make an appointment today and get on trend! We look forward to hearing your comments and seeing your shares!

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You know our favorite brush by far is the Wet Brush! It is amazing for keeping your hair at its strongest and doesn’t rip or tear the hair when brushing. It is so essential to the health of your hair!


Another favorite brush of ours! The teasing comb is amazing for styling and teases your hair the correct way! Not to mention it is amazing for brushing out your curls after they have set!


Th best blowdryer for your buck! It is one of our personal favorites and it is available to you! It has heat settings, a cool shot and not to mention amazing nozzles to direct the air flow correctly.

Styling Products:

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5 Comments on “The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage”

  1. This article was very helpful. I’m a new stylist and people ask the difference all the time. I now know the difference which wasn’t taught in detail to me at school. Thank you.

    Charlene Huggins
    Believe Beauty Spa
    843-331-9227

    1. Gloria,
      Depending on if the color is box dye or professional product, it is definitely possible! Your best bet is to come in for a consultation before committing to lightening your hair.

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