We hear you……you’ve flicked through the glossys, browsed Instagram and checked out the colour menu of your local hair salon and you are slightly confused!
Which hair colour should you be talking about to your colourist? Is it balayage, ombre or freehand?
What is balayage colour?
The word ‘Balayage’ comes from a French word meaning ‘to sweep’.
Balayage is a technique that your colourist can use to highlight your hair, it’s super versatile so can be used to achieve many different looks. It is applied by sweeping small sections of colour through the hair onto a board or a foil to give a natural transition down into the lighter colour.
Balayage incorporates darker pieces underneath to create dimension and ensure a more natural look. This technique can look like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair or something strong and punky! Balayage colouring is lower maintenance than ombre.
What is Ombre colour?
The word ‘Ombre’ comes from the French word ‘shadow’.
Ombre is the actual style and is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade. You should choose shades that work well with your natural colour to achieve the full effect. Even going just a few shades lighter will give you the multi-tone your looking for. Ombre is more of a dip-dyed look, while balayage is a air painting technique.
The beauty of Ombre is that it can work for any hair type or colour. If the hair is highlighted already, painting on a ‘fake’root can make it look like the colour has grown out over a few months.
What is Freehand?
If you want to brighten your hair for summer or dip into the world of hair colour but shy away because of the commitment and maintenance then freehand techniques are perfect for you. We create a more bespoke hair colour that is personalised to you and a great introduction for clients new to colour.
Flashes of colour through a fringe or panels through the sides are a simple way to make you feel excited about your hair again.
Which one is for me?
Subtle vs. Striking
The General Rules To Making Sure You Choose The Right Colour For You
When deciding on your hair colour, you should always have a clear understanding of what colour your hairdresser can realistically achieve, how long it will take to achieve the colour you desire and the affects it will have on your hair.
It is also very important to consider maintenance: how often you will need to visit the salon for colour refreshers or root touch ups; which products you will need to use at home; how often you will need to apply treatments to keep your hair healthy and your colour preserved.
To achieve the colour of your dreams we would recommend you show your colourist images of exactly what you desire.
Any age, any hair colour, any hair type can benefit from the fresh, youthful appearance that balayage offers. From the darkest tones, to the lightest shades, from oh-so-curly to super sleek and straight, all hair types can look amazing with balayage!
Wanting sun-kissed highlights through natural hair? Opt for Balayage!
If you are looking for a less subtle look then opt for the ombre technique which will stretch darker roots out into lighter ends.
If you would like to book your colour appointment at Artelier Hairdressers in Formby then please call the salon on 01704 832277 or book online.