Image Credit: @gretawagner_ | @kthrnaprg | @badwolfstudio
In the images above, you have balayage on the left, ombré in the middle and a dip-dye on the right. The key difference between each technique lies in the placement and application of the contrasting color. Let’s break it down…
Ombré: While both balayage and ombré can be created freehand (with or without the use of foils), ombré means the roots are natural and the mid-lengths to ends are all lightened evenly for a smooth, dark-to-light graduation. This is in contrast to balayage’s more painterly approach, which sees ribbons of light and dark shades scattered all over – not just from the mid-lengths downwards.
Dip-Dye: The dip-dye is ombré’s blockier cousin. The final effect makes mid-lengths to ends look as though they’ve been, well… dipped in a dye that contrasts against the natural base color. This could be a bright blonde, or something bolder, like blue, pink or aqua. There’s none of the soft gradient you see with ombré and balayage – just a clear line that separates the two colors.