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Difference between Ombré, Balayage & Dip-Dye?

The biggest hair colouring trend we’ve seen in the last couple of years is definitely the Ombré, Dip-Dye or Balayage style of hair colouring...

....But just what’s the difference between the three colouring techniques?? Very often the words get mixed-up and confused, and then the wrong description gets used for the style of colour a client might really be looking for. SO... Here is my definition of each one!

Ombré hair colouring is where your hair colour will fade from darker roots and gradually get lighter to the ends (or vice-versa). The ombré fade effect will normally be on half to two-thirds of the hair, and be in a fairly straight line across the hair. So depending on the darkness of the roots to the lightness of the blonde the subtleness (or not!) of the effect can be controlled.

Balayage is the trickiest one to describe and covers a greater range of techniques and styles than either Ombré or Dip-Dye. Balayage is a hair colouring effect that can create very natural, almost sun-kissed highlights without making the roots look obvious (and so with no clear regrowth). But balayage can also be chunky highlights at the tip blending to nothing at the mid-length and root. Balayage is the French word for ‘to sweep’, and the colour is applied in a sweeping motion often by freehand from roots to tip with little or none applied at the root area and a much stronger effect towards the ends.

Dip-Dye hair colour is most popular for bright, bold and ‘crazy colours’, towards the tips of the hair. In a way it’s similar to Ombré but doesn’t affect as much of the hair (usually about a third of the length from the tips, as against up to two-thirds with Ombré). And as the name suggests, it creates a look as though hair has literally been dipped in paint!

Hope this has cleared that up for you :) Leanne xx

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