FAQ: Ombre

  • Q: What is Ombre Hair Color?
  • A: The hair world borrowed the term 'Ombre' from the french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. It is usually achieved using a balayage technique and is ideal for clients looking for a low-maintenance style.
  • Q: Why do women like Ombre hair color?
  • A: Ombre is a great way for women to express themselves and give some creativity and individuality to their hair color and their looks. Women also appreciate the facts that the ends do really appear thicker than the rest of the hair. So women whose hair is slightly dried out, or lacking shine get a big boost by doing ombre. Another plus is that Ombre is not too extreme and looks fairly informal. It permits a fairly wide range of colors. You can go for something bold or have something quite natural. Finally, Ombre is an extremely low maintenance look, as it can be left to grow out very naturally.  No need for frequent trips to the Salon!
  • Q: Why do stylists like Ombre hair color?
  • A: Ombre is still very much perceived as a new look which a regular salon does not know how to do, or does not want to do. As a result, stylists in the US and elsewhere find that Ombre is a great service to propose to their customers. It is a way of offering a fresh look to their customers. Ombre is also a fairly fast process, It takes no longer than the regular highlighting service. Some Ombre techniques are in fact 1 step processes.

FAQ: Balayage

  • Q: What is balayage?
    A: Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Balayage can be used in even the shortest pixie crop however the best results is in hair below the shoulders.

  • : How is it done?
    A: The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result. You can expect to have individual strands coloured with a brush and a backing board. Some colourists like to separate their sections with cotton wool or foil, others tease the hair in sections first then freehand colour the ends.

  • Q: The best hairstyles for balayage?
    A: Balayage is best left to more flowing hairstyles.

  • Q: What are some good maintenance tips?
    A: Balayage will dry your hair out no more than classic foiling as long as you have a trained professional applying your colour. As with foils you should always use salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as have regular treatments. No matter what the technique, your colour will always look its best if your hair is in good condition.