My First Time: Getting A Balayage – Ombré

I don’t know if many people know this and I’ve just yet again been in the dark about this hair trend, but I had no idea that you could combine a balayage and an ombré. As I’ve had my hair periodically ombréd or balayaged whenever I get bored with my hair (which happens pretty frequently, I might add) I have had both different styles done to my hair. That was the end of that.

Up until recently, I was sort of loving my natural dark shade. Since my eyebrows are black and I get tanned very quickly, I felt like my dark hair suited me for a while. That was, until I started noticing how flat it looked in pictures….

(here’s a couple ‘before’ pictures of my hair that my friend Kirsten snapped over coffee one day)

Most people called me crazy and said that my hair looked just fine when photographed, but I felt like my dark hair just really lacked in depth and dimension. Not only that, but with the lack of sun here in Toronto, I felt like my hair was making me look paler.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I had enough of my boring brown hair. When I went into the salon to brighten and add some dimension back to my locks, the amazing stylist Melissa ( on Instagram) let me know that I had some options. I could get a balayage, ombré or a hybrid! She explained the subtle difference to me:

  1. Ombré: is the gradual blending of one hue to another; with hair, you generally go from dark to one solid light shade
  2. Balayage: a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect
  3. Balayage-ombré: gradually blending natural color with a highlighting colour, but ensuring that the ends are a blend of highlights and not one solid colour

I’ve always loved how balayages looked on my hair because of the subtleness of transitioning colors – however, I also loved the bright blonde contrast of an ombré, so this new (well, new to me) hair dying technique literally combined the best of both worlds. I was definitely in!

After having my hair dyed for a couple of weeks now, I have to say that I’m very happy with the color (although, I eventually want to go lighter!) and the way my hair blends together. Moral of the story: always listen to your colourist. They know what they’re talking about.

With love,


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