So you’ve decided it’s time to change up your hair, but you don’t want to do much with changing its length. Changing the color design can be a great way to create a change without changing other aspects of your hair design. Balayage, ombre, and sombre are some examples of popular techniques that you could try.
Balayage is a highlighting technique that doesn’t use foil in the application process. Instead, the highlights are hand painted on the surface of the hair. Typically, the application begins at the midshaft and becomes more dense towards the bottom of the hair. This creates a more natural, sunkissed look on the hair, with highlights that are less saturated. The end result is beautiful and requires little maintenance, both of which contribute to this technique’s popularity.
Ombre is a hair color technique that creates a two-toned hair color effect. Typically, this color style features a darker color at the roots that fades into a lighter color at the ends of the hair. There are practically endless color combinations you can choose from. One of the great things about this color style is that it grows out quite naturally. It’s also really easy to maintain. Just keep in mind that repeated bleachings at the ends of your hair can result in damage and breakage. This is one technique that you definitely want to leave to your stylist to protect the health of your hair.
If the classic ombre look has too much contrast for you and you want something a bit more subtle, sombre could be a good choice for you. Sombre is a soft ombre. It’s pretty much the exact same thing as ombre, but has a much softer look, as the name suggests. The contrast in color is strong enough to be noticeable, but the shading is more seamless and gradual. The subtleness of this color technique can be enhanced further by incorporating lowlights in a similar shade to the root color for an even gentler look. Like balayage and ombre, it’s pretty low maintenance once you get the look going.
When it comes to figuring out how to change up your hair color, looking at images online can help you find inspiration. So can learning about different coloring techniques that are popular like balayage, ombre, and sombre. Bring a picture to show your stylist if you find something you really like. That way they’ll have a better idea of what sort of look you’re trying to go for.