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Ombre Balayage Differences: The Differences between highlight techniques and styles

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Ombre Balayage Differences: The Differences between highlight techniques and styles

This word is derived from the French word for shadow. It is considered a style as it results in hair that gets lighter as you move from the roots to its ends. This gives the hair an appealing look due to the smooth transition from one color to the next. Also, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom of your hair. The best part of this style is that it works for any type of hair or type of color. If you are a big fan of contrasts then this is the most suitable style for you. However, since ombre is darker at the top and lighter as you proceed to the bottom it will seem like you had a poor hair appointment. A reverse ombre is the exact opposite of this style with a lighter top and a darker bottom.

Also known as the subtle ombre, it is a softer style that has almost similar results to the ombre but is less noticeable as your hair begins to grow out. It is best suitable for those who may frequent the salon less often but may still want the transition between colors. It leaves hair looking more natural because it blends higher up with a more subtle fade between colors. Due to this, there is less of a noticeable difference between the colors, making it less expensive and requires less maintenance.

These are micro highlights also known as fine foils. They are micro in that, your hair is separated into tiny sections which are then highlighted a couple of strands at a time. This style is meant to mimic the highlights you may have had at the time of your childhood.

This style is also derived from the French word meaning to sweep. This technique results in dark pieces at the bottom of your hair which leave it with a more natural look. It mimic the natural highlights your hair gets for being out in the sun for a period of time. The highlights are usually in the chunkier sections and proceed to the bottom in a sweeping motion as the name suggests. These are painted through in small triangular parts. You do not require to use the lightener but depending on how light you want to be you may only want to go three shades lighter. It will be less noticeable as making it a low maintenance technique.


This is the term used for the fusion of both the golden, blonde hair and the brunette hair color which appears natural. It is a trend common with most people who have brunette hair and are looking to try a lighter shade of hair without going fully blonde. It also adds dimension into dark hair and will still look natural as your hair grows out.



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