You may have heard these terms "balayage" and "ombré" used interchangeably in recent years. Perhaps you’ve heard a friend talk about someone’s ombré hair or say something along the lines of “I love your hair – where did you get that balayage done?” when talking to someone with faded, natural-looking highlights. While there are some similarities that make conflation of the two more than understandable, you’re clearly interested in being able to tell the difference between the two methods. In this blog, we’ll discuss how each technique differs and what the contrasting results that they offer are. What is Balayage? Balayage is a French word that means “sweeping”. The definition of the word betrays the essence of the process – it’s a method characterized by hand-painting (with a sweeping motion) hair color onto hair. It does not involve foil applications to the hair, as some highlighting treatments do. Balayage allows for a natural, sun-kissed look reminiscent of a child’s hair: it gives an effortlessly blended look with lighter ends. Other than the summerish and stylishly beachy look that a professional balayage treatment will provide, the method has another advantage: it requires less maintenance than most hair-color. While you can touch it up every 6 weeks or so, some customers find that 6-8 months between visits is enough to maintain the look. Because of the craftsman-like nature of the work, balayage also has the advantage of being able to be tailored to the client’s features. Stylists can accentuate or diminish the prominence of facial contours by using the subtleties of the brush. It is, no doubt, more of an art than science. What is Ombré? Also developed and subsequently named by the French, ombré, which means “shaded”, is another hand-painted style that emphasizes a shorter, but still somewhat gradual transition from the ends to the mid-shaft portion of the hair. It’s a more abrupt transition that allows for less of a vertical, highlighted yet blended look that balayage offers. Ombré is often (but not always) used by those sporting “unnatural” hair colors to keep naturally-colored roots for a unique and “softer” look. Ombré also allows for easier and more infrequent maintenance, just as balayage does. Foil highlights tend to require more frequent touch-ups than an ombré or traditional balayage look do, for example. However, ombré and balayage treatments generally take more time and cost more than foil highlights. What’s the Difference? Technically, balayage is a technique and ombré is a style. In essence, ombré is a style that can be achieved through hand-painting hair. What is generally referred to as “balayage” is the longer, more vertically dispersed look achieved by painting. Ombré offers a two-toned look that doesn’t look as blended as balayage, although both looks use the same method and techniques. Both ombré and balayage do not use foil, and as a result offer softer-looking coloring and transitions than traditional foil highlights do. Thanks to the the open-air process of balayage and ombré, the grow-out stage is less pronounced than it is with foil highlighting, which is exactly what makes it easier to maintain without touch-ups for a longer period. Where can I get Balayage and Ombré Done in New York? Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon with locations in SoHo and Brooklyn that offers a full complement of luxury salon services including haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring extensions, and Japanese hair straightening. They offer intimate consultations and can custom tailor your look to incorporate your newly-straightened hair into your style. The SoHo location is at 311 West Broadway and can be reached at (212) 343-0523, or book at the Brooklyn Heights location at 148 Montague Street at (718) 855-5777 for your new highlights!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTqO-REpKR4 You have long and healthy hair but in the mood for a change? Let us help you! Balayage is a freehand highlight painting technique that creates a soft and natural sun kissed touch towards the end. It is a perfect glow up if you are in the mood for a glow up or minor change with your hair.Why Balayage?If you are in the mood for a glow up that doesn't need that much maintenance balayage is the perfect move. It grows out beautifully because your roots already match your top head shade, this means you can also wait longer between appointments if you want your hair to rest from coloring.How do you maintain a Balayage?Always ask your stylist at Fabio Scalia for hair care advice and they will guide you to what hair care products you should use for your hair. If you feel for a glow up, you can always come in for a gloss to give you your shine back! Schedule your appointment with us today Check out the video to see the process in action. If you have any questions please drop a comment below!Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions.
Do you want to go lighter with your hair color without damaging your locks? Maintaining the condition of colored hair is no easy feat. That’s why we’re excited about this new game changer: Wellaplex. In this week’s blog post, Senior Colorist Rocco Crisci breaks down the treatment and how it works. First things first: in order to get great color, you need healthy hair. If a client comes in and wants lighter hair, I most likely have to compromise on the hair’s texture in order to lift it and finally get the result I want. However, if I incorporate Wellaplex into the service, it not only strengthens the bonds but also rebuilds the structure of the strands broken down by the chemical treatment. This means that I and other colorists are now, thanks to this treatment, able to receive results we’ve only dreamt of before. To be used in combination with color services or as a stand alone treatment, Wellaplex helps improve the condition of your hair. It’s for stressed, weak hair or to be used whenever you feel like you need an extra boost. At Fabio Scalia Salons, we use Wella color, so using Wellaplex along with it makes total sense. The treatment is divided into three different steps where the first two are done in the salon: N°1: THE BOND MAKER The first in-salon step is to be used in combination with color or lightening services to help create bonds within the hair. N°2: THE BOND STABILIZER Next step would be to use the bond stabilizer to further strengthen the bonds, build up the structure of the hair and re-balance the pH. N°1 and N°2 are used in-salon only. N°3: THE HAIR STABILIZER The final step is the take home product to use in between visits to the salon. It helps keeping hair strong, soft and smooth. The hair stabilizer is available in our salons and should preferably be used once a week. Is it time for a treatment? Schedule your consultation with us today in Soho Schedule your consultation with us today in Brooklyn Heights Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions.
Julianne Hough Dull skin and eyes are two side effects of picking the wrong hair color for your face. But finding your perfect match can be anything but easy. Truth is, it’s so much more than picking a trendy tone or a color that you like. It has to go well with your entire look and if it does – it will make your skin glow and your eyes stand out. In today's blog post, our colorist Giuseppe Bicceri explains the importance of picking the right color for your specific look… “It’s not only about what the client wants or what she likes, it has go well with her lifestyle. I want to ensure my clients that they will look good until their next appointment. Therefore, I usually start a consultation with the question: How often are you willing to come to fix your color? For instance, if a client is going away for a trip, I have to find a color that matches her skin tone, complexion and looks good every day until she comes in for her next visit. What usually happens in the summer is that the skin tone and lifestyle changes, so you can not do the same color for every season. A hair color is highly personal and will change for everyone. I believe that everyone can have red hair– you just have to find the perfect shade for you. As hairdressers, we customize our services to deliver personalized results and I love that about my job.” – Giuseppe Bicceri, Fabio Scalia Soho Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions. Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in Brooklyn Heights
Lily Aldrige Contouring is a concept most people are familiar with today (we thank Kim K for that). The technique of sculpting something to look aesthetically pleasing has been making the rounds in beauty circles for years, but did you know you can do the same with your hair? We see this on the red carpet, in magazines and on celebrities – face framing highlights are here to stay and we will be seeing much more of this trend in 2018. Imagine you were going to the beach for weeks with your hair up in a ponytail. Only strands exposed to the sun will become lighter and as a result: brighter hair around the face. “If you want to achieve this natural look, I would suggest to not go brighter than two levels from your natural hair color”, says colorist Claudia Decicco. These type of highlights are great for clients who have never done color before, since it’s not as extreme as a full head of highlights. It’s also excellent for people who are dark brunettes and transitioning into becoming gray, as the changeover would become a bit softer. “From a colorist’s perspective, face framing highlights are probably the best way for me to get to know my client’s hair and condition as you only need to color a few locks for the result”, says Decicco. She goes on to say, “As a colorist, there are a lot of factors for me to take into consideration when I meet a new client; skin tone, natural pigments, eye color, and lifestyle to mention a few. You need to look at the whole picture to achieve the best results. Truth is, each client is individual but adding subtle highlights to lighten the hair around the face is an easy way to achieve a youthful and fresh look.” – Claudia Decicco, Colorist Soho Ready to try out this trend? Schedule your consultation with us today in one of our New York City locations: here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).