Balayage, Ombre And Sombre Hair Color

Posted on May 29th, 2017

Hair trends keep changing every now and then. Today, we will be discussing all the details about 3 of the hottest hair color trends in 2017: Balayage, Ombre and Sombre.

Many do not know the difference between these three hair coloring techniques. These are the most requested looks in salons today. All three give you a sun kissed look and are low maintenance styles but one look is different than the other.


The word Balayage is French which means “to sweep” or “to paint”. It is a hair dye technique to give your mane that natural sun-kissed look that we all naturally attain in summer. It is a lovely natural mix of highlights and shades of blonde, caramel, honey, ash and brunette. Balayage is a free hand technique unlike the use of foils or caps. For a natural, beachy highlight, color is literally painted on the hair.

Your hair can grow out longer in between color appointments as balayage gives you softer regrowth lines. It requires very little maintenance and your mane grows out naturally and beautifully. This technique looks great on both light and dark hair. Blonde balayage range from ash blonde to honey blonde, to golden blonde, or dark blonde.

Whereas caramel chocolate balayage is a little darker, and brunette balayage is for really dark hair. You can choose the color of highlights to be soft or more of a drastic color. You can achieve casual, natural, less symmetrical highlight on any color of hair.


Ombre is yet another French word which means “shaded” or “shading”. In ombré your hair gets darker at the root and gradually gets lighter at the ends of your hair. This technique gives you a drastic fade from dark roots to gradually lighter hair through the middle, then very light or blonde ends. Just like Balayage, Ombre can be done in many different colors like blonde, brown, red or even rainbow.


Sombre is just like an ombre color but more subtle and soft. As a more “grown up” or conservative approach to the ombre, this style has been gaining popularity. The roots are kept close to your natural hair color and the ends are slightly lighter. The color transition is also much more gradual in Sombre as compared to Ombre! It is yet another lower maintenance hair coloring technique.

It is also a less expensive alternative to its more obvious counterpart. Sombre is ideal for brunettes by adding caramel, blonde, golden, or honey tones to brighten up the ends. To give you a more blended look, the lighter sections start higher and gradually fade without regrowth.

Color professionals at Imagination Hair specialise in balayage, ombre and sombre techniques. Call us at 9680 3508 and transform your looks for this winter.