As the season change, many times people become inspired to change their hair color. And with all the hair color technique names being thrown around today, it can be challenging to decipher which is which and what would work best on you.

Here, we distinguish between three popular hair color techniques: the Ombre, the Sombre and the Balayage.

Ombre, Sombre and Balayage, oh my!

The Ombre, the Sombre and the Balayage have been generating a lot of buzz and are three of the most requested color techniques today.

However, many people are confused as to what each is and the differences between them. And that’s completely understandable, as there are similarities (but also key differences).

It’s also important to note that it’s possible to have a combination of these techniques used during your hair coloring session.

First up, the Ombre. This high-dimensional color blocking technique offers a dramatic look. Derived from the French word that means “shaded,” the Ombre technique offers an obvious fade from darker hair on top to gradually lighter hair through the middle and then blonde or a shade of blonde at the bottom. The Ombre can be customized, too, with shades of brown, red or even bright, rainbow-like colors. Overall, it tends to grow out nicely and is definitely an eye-catching look.

Next, the Sombre. This, as you may guess, is a soft version of the Ombre (hence the name). This technique offers the same idea as an Ombre, but with a much softer flow and dimension. Roots are typically kept your natural shade while graduating to just a slightly lighter shade down to the ends of the hair.

And finally, let’s talk the Balayage. The word itself is derived from the French term which means “to paint.” This technique is done without the use of foils, but rather, sweeping the hair with color for a beachy appeal, with the lighter shade toward the ends of the hair. This technique offers a softer regrowth and blends the roots to the ends more than an Ombre or Sombre, for a more natural look. This look, however, is also low-maintenance, as it grows out beautifully.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, the best course of action is to discuss it with your hairdresser. It is wise to come to your appointment with some photos for inspiration, while also understanding that your final product may not look exactly like a photo you bring, but a version of it. A skilled hairdresser can make professional recommendations based on your goals.

Elite hair colorist in metro Detroit

Beth Barton is a highly experienced and skilled hairdresser in metro Detroit who specializes in the latest hair color trends. Her knowledge, training and artistic touch make her one of the most sought after in her industry.

Beth takes pride in providing outstanding results and understands that each case is different — depending on her clients’ goals, hair type and desired level of maintenance. She always works to provide individualized cuts and color while also preserving the health of your hair.

Do you want to take your look to the next level? Contact Beth today at 734.215.2090 for your appointment.