Balayage vs. Ombre

First of all what the heck is balayage?
The balayage hair technique is when a skilled stylist sweeps a colour that is 2-3 shades lighter than your all over colour. It creates a beautiful subtle sun kissed look.


Another gorgeous technique is ombre. This is a gradient of colour from root to tip of the hair. Depending on the technique and how light you want to go can create a subtle to striking look. You decide!

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So how do you choose which look you want?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself….
Do I want a low maintenance colour?
How light do I want to go?
How do I usually style my hair?

ps. Your stylist will ask you at least some of these questions, so be prepared! At Hair Creations we provide really helpful consultations that will help you choose the look that will most compliment your hair type, face shape and lifestyle.

Why am I asking you these questions?

Depending on which technique you and your stylist decide will determine how much up-keep you will have to maintain your hair. Balayage and a subtle ombre will be the lowest maintenance, I guarantee it!! Because the colour you are applying to your hair is not extremely drastic you can allow it to further grow out and you wont see a strong line because of difference of colour.

Another sidenote, during our consultations we determine how much stress your hair can handle. By this I mean the lighter you take your hair the more stress you will be putting on your hair. This is why it is so important that you are using professional hair products that have been recommended to you by your stylist.

And lastly…i’m almost done….a drastic ombre or balayage hair are complemented by different styling techniques. An ombre tends to look best with a wavy or curly style because if your ombre is drastic, from dark to light, there may be a subtle line of colour that can be better blended when putting a curl in your hair. Balayage can obviously be styled both ways, but it’s a safer straight look.

Both colouring techniques are really on trend right now so take a moment to think about which is best for you! 

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