Summer and balayage or ombre go hand in hand, as flawlessly paired as sun and sand or backyards and barbecues. It’s our opportunity to essentially wear the essence of summer, with a low maintenance dimensional color that seems kissed by the sun and born from lazy-days in the shade or at the beach. It’s the go-to color trend for celebrities and for any gorgeous gal and this summer, we’ve added a complete palette of new shades for you to love and enjoy in both balayage and ombre.
What’s the difference between balayage and ombre?
Balayage first popped up in France in the 1970s and translated means, “to sweep”, in reference to the method of freeform painting hair color on the hair as opposed to the traditional method of foiling. The result is a gradual, dimensional highlight effect that is subtle and not too starkly contrasted.
Celebrity Color Inspiration
Looking for some hairstyle inspiration for summer? We rounded up the who’s who showing the best balayage and ombre looks!
The ever stunning Cara Delevingne is no stranger to classic balayage and ombre, perpetually lightening things up when it comes to summer.
When it comes to summertime hair, the model, Mom and personality loves ombre and balayage but prefers to keep things rich. From darker shadow roots to multidimensional “expensive brunette” she shows how much variety you can find in making your color choice for the season.
Gracing the final cover of Forbes Magazine this past December, “Pop Royalty” Miley Cyrus rocked a layered balayage shag with loads of volume.
Model, mother and wife to famed Quarterback Tom Brady, Gisele is never too far from the beach wherever the family roams and her hair is always, always on point. The perfect definition of beach hair, sunkissed, dimensional and with just the right amount of wave.
Award winning actress Blake Lively loves her blonde, but moreover she is living her best ombre life this year! With rich dark roots and caramel lengths and ends, she lightened things up back in February for the Michael Kors fashion show and kept the look right up until now.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP is the ultimate iconic blonde and has done it virtually every way imaginable. This summer is the traditional balayage look that for the MET Gala she dressed up into a beautifully intricate updo of several shades of caramel, chocolate and butterscotch that is easily recreated with the right extensions!
JLo showed up this summer to go back on tour with a perfect balayage look paired with mermaid length hair. Sleek, shiny and flawless, she showed off her new color on June 9th on Good Morning America before hitting the stage to sing in concert with teased out volume.
Get creative this summer! Clip-ins, tape-ins, or maybe something more lasting with wefts or fusion…rock your beach babe hair with no chemicals needed!
New Shades for 2022!
Ombre is a color effect whereby hair is split into two sections of color where one blends into the other. The word also has French roots, where the technique was born and means “to shade”. Usually the effect has a darker color closest to the heads that transitions to a lighter color.