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Are you happy with your current hairstyle but wish you could add something to make it “extra” special? Trending color techniques allow for seamless blending and the ultimate personalization in hair styling choices. Quite often, however, these terms—balayage, ombré and sombré—are incorrectly used interchangeably. So, let’s clear the confusion and distinctly define each of these hairstyle waves and talk about which one would look fabulous on you. Bring your ideas along to discuss with your stylist the next time you visit the best hair salon in Hamilton, NJ.

What’s the Difference? 

  • Ombré: Ombré means shaded in French and this two-tone hair coloring technique typically involves starting with a darker shade at the roots and gradually lightning to brighter highlights at the end. It creates an edgy look with stark transitions. 
  • Sombré: Sombré is a more subtle trending color technique that uses a single color close to, and usually lighter than, your natural or base color. Unlike ombré which begins from the roots, this technique starts mid-length, pulling color to the tips. It leaves behind a fade effect that offers a soft, seamless transition to highlighted ends. The end result is a classy, sophisticated vibe.
  • Balayage: This technique requires a stylist with an artistic touch. This trending color technique involves hand painting the hair in sweeping strokes. It allows both you and your stylist to create an individual look that takes into account the color and texture of your tresses. If you want a sun kissed, spent-the-summer-at-the-beach look, this is for you!

Which Should I Choose?

Here are some suggestions to help you brainstorm which style could work on your hair and give you the effect you want: 

  • If you’re bored with your dark hair, ombré can add brightness and create a trending vibe with lighter tips and dark roots. 
  • If you like the idea of vertical contrast but prefer something less dramatic than ombré, sombré could work for you. This trending color technique requires fewer touch ups and creates less contrast between the roots and tips.
  • Do you have a blonde base color? Consider balayage for the perfect beach look. 
  • Do you have curly or wavy hair? Ombré and sombré are both customizable techniques that work well with medium to long hair lengths, and curls and waves soften the contrast.

Are you ready for a new cut, color, or look? Book an appointment with New Jersey’s leading hair professionals today. Call 609-581-6600 or contact us online