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What’s the Difference Between Ombre and Balayage?

by Astrid on March 19, 2021

Reasons why You Should Try Ombre or Balayage Hair Extensions

One of the many perks of hair extensions is the fact that you can change your look without causing any damage to your real hair. Especially with clip in hair extensions, the transformation takes no time and the results are amazing! Clip-ins are a great way to add length and volume, but they are also a damage-free method of adding color to your hair without going through the bleaching/dyeing process.

If you crave a new hairstyle but you’re not committed to permanently changing your hair color, give human hair extensions a chance and create the perfect ombre or balayage hair by yourself!

What is Ombre?

Ombre is a hair coloring technique that gradually makes the transition of a lighter shade from a darker one, typically darker at the top and lighter on the bottom. It can combine any two colors which transition from one to the other or it can be created by bleaching the ends. The term comes from the French word ‘shaded’ (“shade” or “shadow”).

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What is Balayage?

Balayage is a hair coloring technique that creates highlights or lowlights throughout your hair. These are usually hand painted from the roots, going along the length of the hair. The result is a multidimensional look, where lighter hair strands are combined with darker ones in order to create a natural highlighted look. The term comes from the French word for ‘sweeping’.

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Ombre vs Balayage

One of the main differences between Ombre and Balayage lies in the way the lighter shade is distributed. With Ombre, the lighter color comes across horizontally, with a smooth transition towards the bottom of the hair, in a gradual manner. With the Balayage technique, the lighter color is applied vertically in small sections of the same intensity throughout the length of the hair, in a sweeping manner. Whereas you could call Ombre more of a style, Balayage is a subtle hair technique.

No matter what coloring technique you find more appealing for you, here are a few good reasons why you should choose remy hair extensions to create the Ombre or Balayage effect

1. They do no damage

Hair dyes and bleach contain strong chemicals that will severely damage your hair, especially if you’re going for a lighter color. The chemical process that creates Ombre or Balayage doesn't generate permanent changes because all hair dyes wash off after a while and that means the process must be repeated frequently and that will damage your hair even more.

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In order to keep your natural hair safe, get the Ombre or Balayage effect by using hair extensions in a lighter shade and avoid any hair damage! You can choose a set that is already dyed as Ombre or Balayage or a set in a color that is different from your own and create the Ombre or Balayage effect with it. Check out our special handcrafted Balayage clip ins here and the Ombre human hair extensions here!


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2. They are commitment-free

There are many advantages to clip in Ombre and Balayage extensions and one of the best is the fact that they don't require permanent commitment. They can be applied in a matter of minutes, without any hassle, and taken out just as quickly! This means that you can change the style of your hair opting for Ombre & Balayage hair extensions whenever you feel like it, without having to wear that hairstyle for longer than you wish. If you’re new to the world of clip ins, be sure to go through our detailed step by step guide on how to apply clip in hair extensions!

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3. They help you avoid hairstyle fails

A lot of things can go wrong when you dye your hair to create an Ombre or Balayage look and it might not end up looking the way you wanted. The Ombre and Balayage coloring techniques are not easy to master and not all hairdressers can do them properly. There’s a big chance you might end up with a look that you hate and your hair will also get damaged in the process. That’s why Balayage or Ombre with extensions are a handy solution if you want to try out a new hairdo, without the fear of a major hair fail!

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4. Hair length is not an issue

You don’t have to worry about the length of your hair - that’s what clip in human hair extensions are for! They will add the extra inches you need in order to create a beautiful Ombre with extensions or a cool Balayage look. If your hair is very short, you can't get an Ombre effect because you need a good amount of length so that the darker color can properly blend with the lighter side.

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5. You can skip the salon

You don't need repeated salon appointments to get and keep Ombre or Balayage hair under maintenance - you can do it by yourself at home, in no time, and with no extra expense. Skilled hairdressers are quite costly and the technique itself takes a good amount of time to be properly executed, so applying natural hair clip ins in the comfort of your home is a big plus when going for a hair clip Ombre/Balayage hairstyle!

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Trying out new hairstyles and hair colors is always a good idea and real hair extensions are the easiest and cheapest way to experiment without the fear of permanent commitment. Ombre and Balayage looks are here to stay, so why not get human hair clip ins to create these cool styles whenever you feel like spicing things up!


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