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The Differences Between Color Melting, Balayage, and Ombre

Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

From color melting to ombre and everything in between, 2017 has definitely been the year of hair color trends. Here is a guide on the different trends and how to choose which one is best for you!

color melt, balayage, ombre

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Color Melting (Bottom Left)

Color melting is a color application technique that blends the root color with highlights or balayage tones. The purpose of this technique is to make the base color look like it is “melting” into the other tones in the hair. This helps soften the line and contrast between the darker roots and the highlights and balayage. A color melt is great when you want to go longer in between color appointments since it will have a softer and more natural look as it grows out.

Balayage (Right)

Balayage is a color technique used in which color is painted onto the hair in a sweeping motion for a more natural lightened-look. Balayage incorporates the darker tones at the base into the ends so that it looks more dimensional and softer. This has been one of the hottest color techniques of the past couple of years because as hair grows out, it looks more natural and more subtle than your typical foil highlight color.

Ombre (Top Left Photo)

Ombre is the gradual blending of one color into another. Most ombre color trends depict a darker base shifting into lighter ends. What makes this different from balayage is that there is no blending of the two shades, just a stunning contrast of one hue to another.


Now that you know the differences between the top hair color trends, discuss with your stylist which trend is suitable for you and your lifestyle !


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