Hair Color Technique 101: Balayage VS Ombré VS Baby Lights - What's the difference?

February 19, 2021 Fashion & Beauty Views: 2438

It is said that winter is the best season to change your hair color. When it comes to hair colors for winter, the options are endless. From the beautiful "bronde" balayage hair coloring to the popular chocolate brown ombré hair, to cool gray baby lights, there are so many options to choose from.

If you feel bewildered about all of these colors and wonder what the words "balayage", "ombré" and "baby lights" mean, then you have come to the right place.



Balayage is a French word that means 'to sweep' or 'to paint'. With this hair color technique, the color is hand-painted onto the surface of the hair in small sections. Usually, the dye is applied from the mid shafts of the hair to the ends.
With balayage, not necessarily all the hair is colored, and the transition between dark and light is very natural looking. Balayage is applied with smaller sectioning, where color is painted onto the surface of the hair.

Another characteristic of balayage highlights is the way it's done in revolutions around the head. First, the dye is applied to the bottom section (near the nape of your neck) of the hair. Then, the midsection of the hair is worked upon, and then the top section of the hair is colored right at the end. The gradated effect and lighter ends give hair that perfectly natural sun-kissed look.



Ombré is also a French word, meaning "color that is shaded or graduated in tone". Ombré is a hair color technique that is typically done with lighter hair at the ends of the hair, and a fully saturated section of color at the top of the hair.

While balayage uses smaller sectioning of color painted onto the surface of the hair, ombré creates a deeper transition of color contrast from the long roots to the lighter ends.

As for the placement of the hair dye, ombré possesses a horizontal placement and balayage is more vertical.

Baby Lights Hair

3.Baby Lights

Baby lights are very fine and delicate highlights that are created using a very fine hair color technique, often used to mimic the natural dimensional hair color seen on small children.

Baby lights are quite different from ombré and balayage, which involve applying color to larger sections of hair. Baby lights use subtle highlights that look best on very fine hair.

When creating baby lights, much smaller sections of the hair are carefully highlighted. The end result is delicate highlights that are much finer than normal highlights. Baby lights can create a more natural blend of hair colors. Baby lights are particularly good for achieving one tone of color, whereas highlights are good for blending a few colors together to reflect both dark and light hair shades.


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