Ombre hair is one of the most popular hairstyle choices today, but many people are confused about what exactly it is. Let’s clear up the misconceptions so that you can head to your stylist confident in what you want.
1. Ombre and Balayage Are the Same
Ombre is not a hair treatment; it is an effect. The treatment used to create an ombre effect is called balayage, and is a specialized process that differs from standard coloring or even highlighting. The technique creates softer transitions, unlike highlights, and is freehand rather than using foil.
2. Ombre Does Refers to Every Color
An ombre does not refer to any effect in which the bottom half is a different color from the top. An ombre specifically refers to blonde ends on darker hair, whereas balayage can create all sorts of effects with many different colors.
3. Every Stylist Can Do Balayage
Balayage is a specialized skill, and if your stylist has not been trained in that skill, the results can be less than impressive. Make sure you book an appointment with a hairdresser that has the required experience.
4. Ombre Is Always Easy Maintenance
It’s true that an ombre can grow out without dark roots posing a problem after just a few weeks. However, that’s not the same as a maintenance-free ‘do.
If you have dark hair, the blond will eventually begin to fade from the ends of your locks, leading to brassy or even orange shades. That means if you want to keep up your ombre, you will need to return to the salon every couple months for a refresher. That in turn means you’ll need to chop off an inch or two from the ends to keep hair healthy. One of the best ways to ensure easy maintenance is to ask your colorist not to overlighten, says George Papanikolas for InStyle.
5. All Balayage Costs the Same
If you perform a simple Google search and come up with a price, don’t expect your stylist to match that price exactly. Balayage is a complex process that depends on your hair color, type, length and desired effect, so you will need to get an individual quote before getting started.
Now that you’re a little clearer on what the process entails, are you still interested? Head to your stylist today to ask further questions and set up your appointment.
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