Over the past few seasons, we've transitioned from foils and highlights to a softer more natural looking sun-kissed, grown out and slightly unkempt look. These slow-fade styles - Ombré, Sombré and Balayage - add depth and dimension. So.........what's the difference? They're all highlighting techniques, but create subtly different results. With traditional foils, the highlights are uniform and defined. Balayage, taken from the French word meaning "to sweep", is a freehand technique in which sections of hair are hand painted with a lightening agent. As Balayage highlights are less systematically placed, the result is less symmetrical random highlights, giving a more casual, beachy finish. Unlike Ombré, which worked best for brunettes in the past, Sombré ('subtle Ombré') works for everyone.The demand for dark roots and lighter ends started a few years back, worn by everyone from Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson to Drew Barrymore and Dree Hemingway. Ombré can feature quite a stark dark-to-light fade making Sombré a much more nuanced take on the dip-dye trend.
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