Ombre VS. Balayage: What is the difference?

If you’re ready to change up your haircolor and you can’t decide between Ombre and Balayage because, well, you can’t know the difference between Balayage and Ombre: you are not alone. Redken Artist Marie-Eve Faucher admits it can be hard to understand what sets them apart and which one is right for you. Let Marie-Eve along with fellow Redken Artists Jaclyn Harwood and Twylla Jane help you decode the difference in the ultimate match up: Ombre vs. Balayage.

What is Balayage?

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Balayage is all about how the color is applied. The word Balayage originates from the French term “to sweep.” With Balayage, not necessarily all the ends will be affected and the transition between dark and light will be much longer and more natural looking.

What is Ombre?

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Ombre is a haircolor technique where all the ends are going be affected and the transition from the deeper roots and light ends is going to be pretty short. The definition for Ombre is the French word for “color that is shaded or graduated in tone”.

So what is the difference between balayage and ombre? And what makes them similar?

“Ombre is typically done with lightener being placed horizontally with full saturation of the section and then blended upward to diffuse the line and Balayage will take smaller sectioning, where color will be painted onto the surface of the hair,” says Twylla Jane. Ombre is more of a horizontal placement and Balayage is more vertical.

In short, Ombre is a bit more of a style; Balayage is a technique.

Both result in a pretty low maintenance routine, since the haircolor placement is not strict but done in gradual (for Ombre) or sweeping (for Balayage) placement. Regular foil highlights, for example, require more regular visits to the salon. However, getting the actual service done and achieving the result you’re looking for can be expensive.

“Balayage and Ombre are both specialized, often times requiring a higher beauty budget and time in the salon,” Jaclyn says. “It is a low maintenance result, but important to continue haircare treatments and consistent visits to the salon to maintain optimal color results.”

What does the difference between ombre and balayage mean for me?

The good news is that anyone can try either look, depending on their desired result. The two techniques can even be used together on any haircolor for any desired haircolor.

Choosing which one is right for you really depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re looking for a blonde, brown, red, rose gold or even vivid color look, your artist should be able to work with you on either technique to create what the color effect you’re going for.

“The creative possibilities are endless,” Jaclyn says.

Depending on how much you’re changing your hair can also determine how many times you might need the processes done at the get go. For example, if you’re looking to lift your natural color to a much lighter state, your stylist will probably need to work on achieving your desired color over a few visits. “It takes time and is not guaranteed that your hair will lift that much in one visit,” she says. “A slower lift is a safer lift.”

Speaking of safe color…How can I make my ombre or balayage last?

Keeping your hair protected during Ombre or Balayage is vital for achieving and maintaining the color. When your hair is colored in any way, whether it’s lifted to a brighter color or altered to a darker one, it changes the pH balance of your scalp. You should talk to your stylist about what’s best to keep your hair feeling and looking healthy. Twylla recommends asking your stylist about Color Extend Bonder. She also recommends the Color Extend Care line if you’re treating your hair with for Ombre, Balayage or both!

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Bondcure damaged hair treatment from Redken

Is there anything better than leaving the salon with your dream haircolor? Actually, yes. Leaving the salon with your dream haircolor without damage takes the cake. That’s why Redken created Bondcure, a restorative treatment that combines the protective power of pH-Bonder and the healing power of Heatcure. It’s a must-have service if you are a color chameleon looking to embark on your next haircolor transformation, or if you’re a blonde ready to refresh your color. Read on to see how this signature treatment can enhance your haircolor experience during and after your service.

What Is Bondcure?

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two professional salon services, pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional.Photo Credit:  @redken

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two powerhouse duos – pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional. While pH-Bonder works to protect hair’s bonds during a color service, Heatcure can help restore the look of hair so that it not only looks but feels healthy. During the Heatcure portion of the service, the restoration treatment formula uses a combination of proteins, oils and waxes. To lock in the ingredients, the formula disperses cationic conditioners into the hair to provide lasting, restorative results. When the formula comes in contact with the Heatcure tool, the heat that this generates alongside the ingredients helps penetrate deeply into the cuticle and cortex of the hair. These two components work together to protect the integrity of the hair.

Who Benefits From Using Bondcure?

With a Bondcure service, you can restore previous hair damage on your hair.Photo Credit:  @eric_j_ray

If you are looking to restore the look of your hair and bring it back to a healthier level, you are a great candidate for a Bondcure service. Whether you are dealing with damage from hot tools or haircolor treatments, you will reap the protective and conditioning benefits of both components found in Bondcure. To maintain the feel of healthy hair, you should continue to care for your hair at home with pH-Bonder Post-Service Perfector and Heatcure Self-Heating Treatment

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