Ombre or Balayage? These two terms are often confused. However, there are a few key distinctions between the two. First and foremost is that OMBRE refers to a trend of coloring while BALAYAGE refers to a technique used to apply color.
Balayage is the French word meaning “to sweep”. The Balayage technique is when the stylist basically paints on a highlighting color thinly to the outer sections of the hair. At Modern Concepts Salon, we use the traditional foil technique of color application as it gives the hair a more uniformed coloring, where as Balayage can, at times, look more heavily applied on one side over the other due to the painting application.
Most of our guests who come in asking for Balayage are actually looking for either the Ombre hairstyle or they are wanting face framing highlights.