Have you ever seen someone with soft, radiant, sun-kissed highlights and wondered: What exotic, tropical place has she just returned from? Chances are, she hasn’t been on vacation but has treated herself to one or both free-form styles of hair coloring called Balayage and Ombré. When you visit Kim, you, too, can have that just-got-back-from-vacation-look — all year round.
Balayage and Ombré grow out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line, and you will look better longer between appointments. And these coloring techniques will work with any length hair, except very short cropped hair.
The term ‘Balayage’ (ba-lay-azhe) comes from the French verb for "sweep away," which refers to the sweeping strokes that Kim uses with this technique. Hair is not just colored, but balayage requires that hair be hand painted to achieve that sun-kissed look. The aim is to make it seem like the hair has natural highlights from exposure to the sun, so the color is applied to sections of hair, unlike the foil or cap highlighting techniques that are generally used while coloring hair. Flamboyage is basically the same as balayage, but the ends may be lightened a little more.
Oh So Ombré
If you’re looking to shake things up but aren’t sure if a drastic change of hair color is the way to go, the ombre trend might be just the thing for you. The term Ombré comes from the French word “shadow.” It refers to a gradual fading out of color from its darkest shade to its lightest. In most cases it means having your hair fading from dark brown at the roots to bleached blonde at the ends. Sombre is simply a more subtle version of ombré. With sombre the color transition is more gradual. Ombré is a fun and easy way to liven up your hair color!