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A Guide to Balayage, Ombré, & Foils

It can be extremely confusing to translate the look you know you want to the service you book with your stylist.  Instagram is a great place to find a style you love but often times they aren't captioned well enough to decipher what the stylists has actually done to achieve that look.  This little guide will hopefully help you demystify the techniques and the lingo of the hair color world.

Balayage

Ba·lay·age  
balāˈyäZH/noun
a technique for highlighting the hair in which the hair color is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
- The french word for sweeping

Why book this:
-If you prefer a more natural hair color that leaves dark hair or your natural hair throughout creating a dimensional look.
-If you're looking for a sun-kissed look
-If you need a low-maintenance hair color.  This technique creates soft blended dimension and allows a smooth grow out.

 
Ombré

Om·bré
ˈämbrā/adjective
having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.
- Ombre the french word for to shade

Why book this:
-If you're looking for a more drastic contrast of dark and light hair color.  Soft  blend focused on the ends of the hair usually starting at eye level or below the chin. 
-If you don't want any natural or dark hair color left through the ends as this technique generally leaves the top of the head dark and the bottom of the hair much lighter. 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil
verb
A process of using aluminium foil to seperate strands of hair to be colored from strands of hair not to be colored.  This is not limited to blonde hair color and is typically maintained every 4-6 weeks as regrowth is more obvious with this process. 

Why book this:
-  If you want less root exposure and soft dimension roots to ends. 
-  If you prefer more coverage or to camouflage grey hair
-  not limited to blonde hair only