Balayage and Ombre are the hot hair trends for 2015. So says Jen Atkins, stylist for the stars.
Emily Flood, one of our awesome stylists at Spa Phoenix, took time from her busy schedule to bring me up to date on the hippest trends for hair this spring.
Not everyone wants the harsh roots look that a lot of people walk around with. They ask for Ombre and end up with ends dipped in bleach. Balayage is the new spring trend that creates soft seamless dimension from roots to light sun kissed ends.
So what exactly are Balayage and Ombre?
Balayage: Balayage is French meaning “to sweep”. When a colorist is coloring, the majority of the brush strokes are horizontal in nature to coat the front and back of the hair strands. In balayage, the colorist “sweeps” vertically with the tip of the brush and only to the front of the hair, creating natural, sun kissed highlights.
Ombre: Ombre hair refers to the gradual lightening of the hair strand, usually fading from a darker color near the roots to a lighter one at the ends. Ombre can be very subtle or very striking. The look you want to achieve will depend on the technique and level of lightness.
Balayage and Ombre – Which is right for you?
Ask yourself these five questions:
- Do I like the grown out roots look?
- Do I want my hair to be low maintenance?
- How much lighter than my natural shade do I want to go? (not everyone can remember their natural shade!)
- Do I like my hair curled or straightened?
- Do I mind bleaching my hair?
If you want low maintenance, subtle color, and like your hair straight, then balayage is great for you. Balayage may not require bleach depending on how light you want to go. Remember, it’s supposed to look natural, so you will probably only go 2-3 shades lighter than your natural color. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, you will not get that dreaded “line” meaning that as the color grows out, it will be less noticeable. You can also straighten that hair without having to worry about seeing noticeable lines of color. And you can also wear it wavy or curly!
Emily says “The technique is simple, melt away highlights throughout the roots then balayage hair painting on the hair left in between the foils. Final step is the top coat gloss that closes the hair cuticle and leaves behind a beautiful shine.” It may be simple for her, but that is why she’s the expert.
If you’re okay with roots, curly hair, and bleach, then ombre is great for you. Ombre hair is dark at the top gradually going lighter towards the bottom. The line of demarcation (the “line” separating natural color from artificial color) will be prominent. If your hair is straight, you will see a contrast. Waves and curls hide that line much better. Because ombre hair usually has very light ends, it is almost certain bleach will be used.
Can’t decide which is for you. Don’t worry! Our expert stylists can create a coif that’s all your own for Spring 2015.
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