Ombre and balayage have been a hot favorite over the last year or two, and our readers continue to ask where to get these hot hair trends in Jakarta. Ombre? Balayage? What’s the difference? Get familiar with these styles before your next salon visit.


Ombre hair is the gradual lightening of the hair strand, usually fading from a darker color near the roots to a lighter one at the ends. The word ombre, in French, means “as two-toned”, and this look can be quite subtle or very dramatic. The look you want to achieve with ombre will depend on the level of lightness, and works well for all hair lengths.



The term “Balayage” means “sweeping” in French and refers to the sweeping motion. When the color is being applied, the majority of the brush strokes are horizontal in nature to coat the front and back of the hair strands. As balayage highlights are less systematically placed, you end up with less symmetrical, more random highlights, resulting in a more casual, sun kiss beach look results. Balayage is the most requested coloring trends in salons today with lots of celebrities doing their hair with this technique.


So… Ombre or Balayage?

If you’re okay with roots, and bleach, then ombre is a great option. Ombre hair is dark at the top gradually going lighter towards the bottom so it will almost look like you’ve skipped a few hair appointments. This is good for those who do not want to go to the salon as often since touch ups do not need to be so often.

Ombre has best results with thick, wavy, curly hair because the ombre blends in really well with the hair texture and not be as noticeable. If you have straight hair, you will see more of a contrast. Wavy and curly hair will hide the hair color contrast much better, and make it look more beautiful and natural. Since ombre hair can have very light ends, stylist will usually bleach first, before adding the final coloring. The ends of our hair are already the most damaged, so remember to deep condition regularly to keep your hair strong and healthy.

Balayage is low maintenance and gives off more of a subtle color. Balayage may not require bleach depending on how light you want to go.  The classic balayage look is supposed to look natural, so you will probably only go 2-3 shades lighter than your natural color. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, balayage is an excellent choice for those with straighter hair. As the color grows out, it will be less noticeable, making time between salon appointments longer, just like with ombre.

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