July 16, 2019

Balayage vs. Ombre

Hairstylists all over are constantly being asking what the difference is between balayage and ombre. It is not one hairstyle, but two different ones and our beauty school near Forest Park can teach both of them! Keep reading to learn the difference.


The word “balayage” derives from the French word meaning “to sweep.” This technique works by applying the color for balayage in a sweeping style, where you sweep the color through the small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil. This gives your hair the natural transition down into the lighter color. The dark pieces are left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look, creating a sun-kissed highlight feel throughout your hair. 


Ombre comes from the French term “shadow,” and is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade. This technique works best on brunettes because it is the least subtle and more difficult to see on blondes. There is more maintenance with this hairstyle and can mimic color blocking. At the end of the treatment, there will be no dark pieces left on the bottom of your hair to help keep it natural—it’s just a transition between the colors. Make sure if you decide to create an ombre look to your hair that you get it professionally done as a bad ombre job can alter your appearance.

As a beauty school near Forest Park, we know how important it is to create the perfect summer hairstyle. Contact us today if you want to begin your beauty training with us and learn how to do these hairstyles! We look forward to hearing from you.

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