Hair Trends: Balayage & Ombre
by Alyssa Kraus of Verve 360 Salon
Last month, Cara and I had the privilege to attend a balayage+ombre class at the Andy Warhol Museum. It was taught by one of L’Oreal’s world renowned artists, Jessica Vosper. In case you’re unsure, “balayage” is a French term meaning “to sweep”. It is the most exciting color technique to turn up in salons in a long time! It is a form of a highlight or lowlight that is painted onto the hair. Balayage is customized to each individual to maximize dimension and minimize regrowth, similar to the effortless color you receive after being at the beach. It is the technique used to achieve that sought after celebrity face-framing highlight, like Victoria’s Secret model Gisele Bundchen.
We also learned new techniques on how to achieve “ombre”, which we love! “Ombre” is a French term meaning “to shade”. We also desccribe it as descending light. We learned two techniques to either make the lightness look more dimensional or more saturated. It is a beautiful way to transition into fall and winter while still keeping your hair light. And when you are ready for something different, it is super fun and easy to change the lightness to something bold and bright!