Ombre's cooler, French cousin: Balayage You know that perfectly sun-kissed color that has become the signature of Giselle and Jessica Biel, to name a few? Often mistakenly referred to as ombre, the technique at play is ombre's fancy French cousin, Balayage. With no foil in sight, stylists physically paint the color directly onto sections of hair for a more natural, blended finish. "This technique is for the female who desires a free-flowing look that is very natural," says Pelusi. And it's not hard to see why. Balayage gets rid of that harsh line between dark and light that has become so prevalent with ombre.
While skipping the strategic foil placement gives you a much more customizable look, it also runs a higher risk of a color horror story. "It is very important to go to someone very skilled in hair color for this particular technique, so as not to damage the hair. Be sure to ask if the hairstylist you patron is skilled in this technique."
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