Hairstyles change faster than the seasons can keep up with. 2017 was filled with hair trends that faded quicker than they came about, but some trends stuck around until this year. Last year practically everyone went platinum, there was a love for high ponytails, blunt bobs, the ‘wet’ look, and multi-colored hair.
Balayage and ombres have been around since as early as 2010. Although they look similar, there are some significant differences. If you are unclear about what an ombre is, an ombre is most commonly colored to be a gradual phase of dark to light. Your roots remain natural or darkened if need be, and then your hair fades to a lighter brown, a sandy color, then to blonde ends.
You do not always have to go blonde on the ends - you can also start at a dark base and work your way to finish at a light brown, but the objective of the hair is to be gradually blended from color hue to another, moving shades from dark to light. The key is to blend the colors smoothly or the transition colors will look blocky. Ombre is a bolder contrast and balayage is more subtle. We are personally impressed at how far these two styles have come along to what they are today.
There are ombres that only consist of darker shades and others that are only light shades, as well. Celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Chrissy Teigen, Khloe Kardashian, Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, and many more rocked these two styles countless times over the years. Some A-Listers currently sporting an ombre are Jennifer Aniston, Portia de Rossi, Kristen Bell, Khloe Kardashian, and more.
If you have never heard of a balayage, this technique is similar to an ombre, but with a noticeable difference. A balayage is the same in regards to your hair transitioning from dark to light, except there are dark strands left at the bottom for a more natural look with dimension.
We have been seeing more balayages than ombres lately... and we are not complaining! If you are considering achieving an ombre, it is a great method to reviving your color without going for the entire head overhaul. Balayage is painted lightly over the surface of the strand, but not saturated until the ends. Rather than using foil, this technique is achieved better by freehand to avoid a harsh contrast. A plus to committing to this kind of hairstyle is that it is low maintenance. The ends grow out beautifully, there are no harsh regrowth lines, and you can wait longer in between appointments. Another great thing about this hair technique is that it works on all hair lengths and types. Whether you have curly, straight, or wavy hair - it will still work well and look great!
So, with the warm weather soon to come faster than you know it and if you plan on crossing some hair ideas off your bucket list, try balayage!