What’s the difference between Ombré and Balayage?

25 May 2016 Pink Blog No Comments

So whats the difference between Ombré  and Balayage, Sombre and Flamboyage? See our quick reference guide below!



Timing: Up to 3-4 hours
Great for: Someone looking for contrast, but bleaching hair ends may cause damage

“Ombré means going darker at the root and gradually getting lighter at the ends of your hair”. “The beauty of ombré is that it can work for any hair type or colour. If the hair is highlighted already, I just paint on a ‘fake’ root and make it look like the colour has grown out for a few months.”



Timing: Up to 3-4 hours

Great for: The lazy set (though it’s a celeb fave!)

“Sombre is a more subtle version of ombré. Even though it is more subtle, it takes the same amount of time as ombré”. The colour transition is also much more gradual (read: no lines of demarkation, which means less touch-ups), making it a lower maintenance, less expensive alternative to its more obvious counterpart.


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Timing: 2-3 hours

Great for: Those looking for a natural-looking contrast

“Balayage is a French word for sweep. Technically, it means that you area-painting highlights on the hair in a sweeping motion.” Highlights will be in chunkier sections, making it seem like the sun naturally lightened the hair. Because no foils or meche is used to apply product, sections are less saturated than typical highlights and regrowth lines are less noticeable. Your hair will look just as good whether it’s one week or one month from your initial salon appointment.



Timing: 2-3 hours

Great for: Those looking for super-subtle highlights

“Flamboyage is basically the same as balayage but the ends may be lightened a little more”. A new alternative to traditional highlights, this process incorporates elements of both balayage and ombré techniques to give the hair more depth and a natural-yet-polished result—even after your hair has grown out.