Balayage & Ombre Hair Colour at Ruby Mane Hair Boutique in Farnham
One of the most requested hair colour trends is balayage which shows no sign of fading any day soon!
Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to paint’ or ‘to sweep’. The technique allows our colour technicians to create a sun-kissed, natural looking hair color.
One of the biggest benefits with a balayage hair colour is that it allows softer, less noticeable regrowth lines in between appointments.
Using a freehand technique, we can achieve a soft finish which usually involves creating subtle highlights around the crown, with the color growing lighter and more dense towards the tips.
The look can be as subtle or as dramatic as you wish – and we can use a variety of colours from brunettes, reds and blondes to fashion colours.
Is Balayage Suitable For All Hair Types and Lengths?
Balayage works on all hair types and colours. It looks more effective on shoulder-length or longer hair. At Ruby Mane Hair Boutique in Farnham our hair colour experts can place the colour to suit your skin tone so it’ll look amazing and really light up your features.
Please note: You must come in for a skin test at least 48 hours prior to your colour appointment. This is to test for allergies to the colour range we use. You don’t need to book for this as it takes seconds but we will not colour without a record of a skin test. It’s a small dab of colour behind the ear, that needs to be wiped away after 30 minutes. After 48 hours if no reaction has taken place you can have your colour applied.
If you suffer from skin sensitivities we highly recommend Schwarzkopf Igora Senea Colour and Schwarzkopf ESSENSITY colour which are both ammonia-free and use natural ingredients where possible. They deliver beautiful crisp colours with great condition and shine.
How is Balayage Different to Ombre Hair Colour?
Not sure what the difference is between ombre and balayage? Check out these two photos which will give you a better idea.
You can see that with balayage (pictured, right) the look is more natural with face-framing highlights as well as highlights throughout the hair where the sun might catch the light.
Balayage will give you hair a beautiful natural look with no hard lines.
Ombre (pictured, left) tends to give you more defined lines so you can see the definition between the two colours added – usually with a darker colour at the roots and a lighter hair colour towards the ends of your hair.
Can Balayage Be Created on Blonde, Red or Brown Hair?
Yes! Balayage can be created on all shades of blonde, brown, red, auburn or even grey hair.
Are Babylights and Root Stretch the same as Balayage?
Balayage goes by many names and your Ruby Mane colour specialist will understand exactly what you want if you mention balayage, babylights, baby balayage, root melt, root stretch, colour melt or free-hand highlights. If you’ve seen a look you love, show the image to your colour technician so we can adapt it for you.
How Long Does Balayage Take To Do?
Your appointment will take at least two hours, depending on whether we are adding balayage throughout your hair or just to the bits we can see (half a head, for example). If your hair is damaged, your appointment will take longer as we will work with you to improve the condition of your hair so it is ready for the colouring process.
Are There Any Reasons I Should Not Have Balayage or Ombre?
The great news is that this is a relatively low maintenance look. Your balayage would need to be re-done at least 3 times a year and we’d recommend a 6-week colour glossing touch-up to freshen it up in between visits.
How Should I Prepare For My Balayage Hair Colour Appointment?
Book in for a consultation so we can assess the condition of your hair and advise you on what is achievable – we charge £5 for a consultation but this is refunded from your bill when you’ve had your hair done. We will also ask you to come in for a quick skin test at least 48 hours before your hair colour appointment to make sure you do not suffer any reactions to the chemical processes.