July 10, 2016

Highlights have been a staple hair coloring technique for decades, but now they’re getting an update with two new twists, ombre and balayage. The two techniques are closely related, but there are important differences. To give you a hint, the word ombre comes from the French word for shadow. By comparison, the word balayage comes from another French word meaning to sweep. See where we’re going here?

Ombre describes the transition from darker tones to lighter ones along the length of your hair, and it usually works best on darker hair colors. There’s not much room to go lighter if you already have fair hair. It’s a fairly dramatic technique, and there is no dark color remaining on the bottom lengths of hair when it’s all said and done. Depending upon the length of your hair, you’ll need occasional touch ups to maintain the look. For this reason, it’s important to choose a colorist who can get it done right.

In contrast, balayage sweeps the lighter tone through your hair in sections making it more natural looking and a bit more subtle than ombre. It may require more than one appointment to achieve the look you want, but it will last longer and need less TLC than ombre techniques. Again, a good colorist will give you the best results, and you’ll just need to care for it the way you would any color treatment.

Our colorists at Anna’s Salon Elite knows all the latest techniques to make sure you get the exact color you want. Give us a call for a consultation or appointment at (724) 375-8511, or simply drop by for a visit at the salon at 2616 Broadhead Road in Aliquippa, PA 15001.

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