We get so many clients, booking for “Balayage” or “Ombre” services, but once we get to the bottom of what they want, we discover that what they actually want is a babylight faceframe, or a full head of highlights

So how to know what it is that you want?

First, lets start with Balayage. Balayage comes from the French word “to sweep” It has been around for a long time. It basically used to be a “quick” way of adding highlights to the hair. The lightening product is hand painted to the hair in relatively large panels, the hair is sometimes separated with cotton, foil, paper tissue or plastic sheets. The idea of Balayage is to add subtle natural sunkissed looking highlights. Due to the fact that the lightener is added to larger sections, that are not wrapped tightly in foil, the lightener does not lift as quickly or as blonde as say highlights would (unless a very strong developer is used)

Because Balayage is applied on larger pieces of hair, and its hand-painted, I do not recommend this for clients with baby fine hair, or sparse hair​. Balayage is best recommended for clients with natural hair, that has not been previously colored that want a soft, golden, subtle sun kissed look.

Ombre or Sombre is essentially color blocking on your hair.

It starts dark at the top, where the roots are, with color #1. Just think charcoal or dark brown roots. Then color #2 is a medium tone, and then ends are all color #3.

Unlike Balayage, where there is still some of the dark, or top color visible through the lengths and ends of the hair, in Ombre there isn’t.

Ombre can sometimes look like a solid color that has grown out. So if this is the look you are going for, ask for an Ombre. A “sombre” is a softer, more subtle version of an Ombre, usually done on more blonde tones.

Now this brings us to whats trending now, and doesn’t look like its going away anytime soon… Babylights! Babylights are basically very fine, closely woven bleach highlights, wrapped in foil. They are usually heavily concentrated around the front of the face, and placed diagonally along the hairline, following the natural growth and parting of the hair. Think beach-babe hair. These highlights look so natural they make anyone look like a natural blonde.

These take a long time to do, and sometimes you have to rinse them out as your going.

Julianne Hough’s hairstylist Riawna Capri recently gave out her formulas and techniques, and we learned that Julianne’s Wedding blonde took 10 hours and two appointments to create!

So if this is the look you are going for, remember that it will take a long time, and that time is money- so expect to have to shell out a decent amount for this.

So there you have it, a breakdown of whats trending in hair color today.

As usual we are happy to answer any questions you have regarding any hair color or styling questions by submitting a comment below.