40 Best Balayage Hair Shades You Can TryHairstylesJanuary 31, 2017 shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest TumblrWe are sure that if you are like the rest of us (which is not always updated on the latest in the world of fashion) would be what is Balayage and what does it have to do with hair shades? And once you do get the definition and scope of balayage, the next question that will pop into your hair would be – wait, isn’t that ombre hair is all about? We really don’t blame you for thinking that way, it is confusing. But believe us when we tell you that there are differences and you will appreciate what we mean as you read on and take the time to study the images that we have given along with the article here in greater detail and do some comparisons. For comparison, look at beautiful ombre hairstyles you must checkout and compare with the images we have given here. To truly understand what it means, you can also look up awesome ombre dresses to keep you looking attractive to ensure that you have the concept clear in your head. Best Balayage Hair Shades Let us start then by defining balayage here – balayage is a coloring technique that was developed in France a long time ago, in the seventies. As opposed to many techniques for hair coloring, balayage is not very rigid and is done by hand in a freehand style. No foil or cap highlighting is done under this technique and the result is soft and almost natural looking highlights or if you desire, then a strong and almost punk like effect that will startle people when they look at it. Since it is a fun way to do things, we suggest you add it to different hairstyle shades for women as a hair goal. One of the qualities that makes balayage such fun is that there is no restriction on the hair length when you get it done because it works as well on really long hair as it does on short pixie length hair. But if you want to enjoy the full effects of this attractive hair coloring, then go with hair that is longer than your shoulders.Another important advantage of balayage coloring for your hair is that it is easier to maintain and also economical. It becomes economical because there is no need for constant touch up and there are no faded root effects requiring it to be retouched up once in a while. While touching up does not need to be done all the time, do ensure that there is no overlapping in the balayage effects as it can cause harm to your hair.How it is different from ombre is that though both of the techniques are subtle and tend to create graduating (in reverse) faded coloring, balayage is not as uniform and disciplined as the ombre. This is because balayage coloring technique is freehand while ombre can use a foil technique. The lightening effect is more subtle and casual in the balayage technique and it creates a more natural beach like faded effect.Another main distinction when it comes to balayage and ombre is that while ombre would normally work on brunettes and not so much on the other hair colors but that is not the case with balayage. When ombre like effect is done on blonde or other lighter hair colors, it is called the sombre effect. The thing about balayage effect is that you can simply let your hair grow out with the passage of time if you do not want your hair colored in such a way. It will look natural and casual, even as it grows out, unlike other hair coloring options. We are sure that by now you would have taken several peeks at the images here and come to your own conclusions.