Balayage or Ombré?

Balayage, Ombré, Colour Contouring & Colour Melting – the Best Hair Colours at Blakes Hair & Beauty Salon in Canterbury

What is the difference between balayage and ombré? What is colour melting?  How can colour contouring improve the shape of my face? The aim of this article is to explain the various hair colour techniques we use at Blakes Hair Salon in Canterbury

balayage or ombre hair colour, canterbury hairdressersShould I have Ombré or Balayage?

Balayage is a French word which means to “paint” or “sweep”. By using this freehand technique, we can add your hair colour exactly where you want it for a natural looking sun-kissed result.

The dye will be applied to the hair freehand, using vertical strokes, just as if you were painting colour onto the hair. The look can be as subtle or as dramatic as you wish – and we can use a variety of colours from brunettes, reds and blondes to fashion colours. 

The word ombré is derived from the French term for ‘shadow’. This gives you a more defined colour which often looks a little ‘two tone.’  We can create ombré using a multitude of colours.

blue and black colour melting, canterbury hairdressersWhat is Colour Melting?

Colour melting blends multiple shades of hair colour with your base hair colour.  For example, if you are naturally a brunette, we might add several shades of brunette which melts into a beautiful golden colour.  Colour melting also works if you have a fashion colour as your base – perhaps a pretty pink, lilac or rose gold colour.  By adding multiple highlights in similar tones we can create a gorgeous blend.

balayage, ombre, canterbury hair & beauty salon, kentHair Colour Contouring in Canterbury

Hair colour contouring is all about choosing colours to compliment your skin tone and face shape.  Inspired by the trend for make-up contouring, the same concept can be applied to your hair. 

Clever placements of colour can really enhance the shape of your face.  For example, if you have a longer face you might want to create the illusion of a shorter face.  To do this we could apply darker colours to the roots and along the parting, gradually melting the colour so it become lighter above the ears and at the ends of the hair! 

Hair Colour Bookings at Blakes Hair & Beauty Salon, Canterbury

Book in for a hair colour consultation with our hair colour experts so we can work out a plan for your hair. Please call us on 01227 768418 or via the online booking pop up button.