What’s the Difference?
With the evolution of hair color comes the evolution of hair styles. Hair styling has become every fashion and beauty addict’s focus. Your Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or even Twitter feeds are probably full of gorgeous variations of different hair styles. And yes, they’re all named different things. Balayage, ombre, sombre, and flamboyage are all terms that can describe the way color is introduced to your hair. But don’t worry, we’ll help you figure out the differences.
There’s no way you haven’t seen ombre before. This style is everywhere, from hair color to lip color to the very clothes you might put on. With ombre, your roots will be darker than the tips of your hair. The transition to the lighter shade on the tips of your hair is slow, so your hair gets a stunning fade to a lighter color. Ombre, traditionally, is dark brown that slowly fades into blonde. Now, you can find ombre in just about any kind of color combination.
Hair stylists love French terms. Ombre, in French, means shadow. Balayage means “sweep”. You know the girls who you scroll past on your feeds that have perfect sun kissed hair? The kind of hair that looks like it has never been colored before, at least not chemically. Instead of an obvious fade from dark to light, balayage is lighter color swept throughout your hair. It’s painted on so the sections look a little more natural than ombre style. The highlights from balayage turn out so much softer and more natural looking. And it’s low maintenance so don’t worry about your roots showing.
Flamboyage isn’t too terribly different from balayage. The biggest difference in these two sweeping techniques is the way the color is actually applied to your hair. Flamboyage is a coloring method uses transparent adhesive strips that will make working on individual sections of hair easier. It also makes it easier to saturate them thoroughly with color. Flamboyage enhances your natural hair color.
There’s only a slight difference from ombre and sombre. Sombre also involves a dark root that fades into lighter color at the tips, but it starts a bit higher up on the hair. Sombre is also much more subtle than ombre’s obvious color fade. Compared to ombre, sombre is a lot easier to touch up than ombre. Because it’s more subtle, the color won’t change as obviously. It’s also much more suitable for blondes as a softer and subtler version of traditional ombre.