It’s in the nature of trends to be fleeting. However, when it comes to hair, there are two distinct trends that seem to pass the test of time quite well. Ombre and balayage are two hair color techniques that have become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, both looks have been mainstays On red carpets and magazine covers. What makes these two styles special? We break down the top hair color trends and provide information about what look might suit you.

Ombre

In French, the word “ombré” refers to “shade” or “shadow”. The term was adapted in fashion and art to describe the gradual blending of one color into another. This gradation usually moves from lighter to darker hues. Coloring your hair with an ombre effect means having darker hair color from the roots that slowly moves to a lighter shade at the ends. The lighter color is usually achieved through bleaching, although some would opt for more colorful shades like purple or pink.

Balayage

Unlike ombre, balayage has a more subtle effect on hair. The technique is named after the French word for “sweeping” or “painting” and gives a more natural, sun-kissed look. By sweeping the highlight color gently on the hair, the balayage technique gives hair natural-looking accent and allows it to have more dimensions. Bleach is rarely used to achieve this look. Most stylists prefer to add accents that are just two to three shades lighter than the natural hair color.

There are several factors to consider when deciding between these two hair color trends. While you can try to achieve both looks at home through do-it-yourself kits, it’s best to consult with a professional stylist. There are hundreds of salons and hair studios that specialize in both techniques. If you are in the Houston area, you can check out Therapy Hair Studio to learn more.