Balayage VS Ombre


Balayage VS Ombre …what’s the new hair colour trend for 2017

When asked, our experts in ikon’s cork hair salon said without question the hottest hair colour trend for 2017 was balayage and ombre, but which one do they prefer?What is the difference? Balayage vs ombre.

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, our expert colourists here in ikon 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, balayage is the technique 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, a favourite in our cork hair salon. Ombre is great for the more daring girl, it is definitely more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is kind of like colour blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colours. 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 is an example of a sombre that we have done here in the salon:

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”.This technique is by far the winner in our hair salon as far as the hair colour trends 2017 are concerned. Now, if you have ever seen someone get a balayage in our salon, this probably makes sense to you. When applying the colour for a balayage, you sweep the colour through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter colour. 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.
Take a look at the beautiful before and after images and you decide …balayage vs ombre, what is your favourite hair colour trend for 2017

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

Now that you know the difference, are you comfortable with changing your hair up?We 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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