Our professional hairstylists at Plaza Hair Salon, know the difference between an ombre and a balayage. But they get asked this question ALL THE TIME! Or sometimes they get an appointment request for an “ombre balayage” and they are over there thinking, “Well, which one?!” Therefore, we are here to set the record straight and share with you the difference between the two styles.
Balayage is a French coloring technique and it means “to sweep”, where the color is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling and although it is quite similar to ombre there are still few distinctions between the two.
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Ombre is the style and consists in the transition from a darker shade to a lighter shade; there are no dark pieces left on the bottom, so there is a clear but nice transition between the colors, it gives a more daring look and it matches well for the people who like to be easily noticed, while balayage offers a softer and more natural transition of the colors.
The process for balayage is: bleach, wash & dry, apply color, wash & blow-dry & style. Therefore, if you wish to have the desired balayage hair color, make sure to schedule an appointment because it can take up to 5 hours depending on your hair texture and length.
For extra long hair, we use plastic foil rather than aluminum foil because it's lighter and allows you to cover as much area of the head as possible, which makes it ideal for big color changes.
The price for a balayage at Plaza Hair Salon starts at $300 and you also get a $10 discount on this awesome hair color. It usually gives the best results on the hair below the shoulders but it can also work on a shorter hair, having the possibility to achieve different effects from a soft, romantic, natural look to something strong and punky, depending on the intensity of the highlights and on the style that the client wants to achieve.
Plaza Hair Salon offers balayage techniques for different types of hair:
A great advantage is that, compared to ombre which requires more maintenance, balayage is a low maintenance hairstyle being very suitable for people who do not have time to go to the salon every few weeks for hair coloring, but overall want a fashionable look and would also like to feel good about their appearance. We hope that our information was helpful and it made you decide which one suits you best.
Dying for a balayage in San Diego? Make an appointment at Plaza Hair Salon and let us take care of everything. Call us at 858.485.7551 to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome too!