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Atlanta Multi-Dimensional Color Balayage, Ombre and Babylights

Atlanta Hair Studio Balayage Experts

At Atlanta Hair Studio, we feel that balayage offers the ultimate artistic expression to illuminate your individual beauty.  Balayage allows your stylist to freehand create highlights that frame your face and enhance your best features.


The stylists at Atlanta hair are certified hair color specialists. We take pride in our dedication to mastering the latest trends and techniques in hair color services. Our master stylists regularly attend hands-on seminars, conducted by industry leaders, to bring you the latest in fashion forward techniques. We want you to enjoy the A-list star effect.

If you are considering a new look, feel free to show your stylist images of the look you want to achieve. Your stylist can discuss with you which multi-dimensional technique can best help you achieve that look, and which shades and colors are best suited to your skin tones, amplifying your natural beauty. 

Feel free to drop by at your convenience for a free consultation!

What is Balayage?

The Sun-Kissed Revolution

Balayage, pronounced bay lāˈyäZH, comes to us from the French word, balayage, meaning sweeping.   In today’s parlance, it describes a type of hair color highlights that are painted onto the lower portions of the hair strands in a sweeping style.

Done properly, balayage gives the impression of hair that has naturally lightened over time with exposure to sun. And it offers surprising benefits to those who appreciate a low maintenance hair care routine. For those with naturally dark roots, the new growth blends easily into the graduated highlights, allowing for less frequent balayage touchups.

What is Balayage vs Foil Highlights?

In the bayalage technique, your color specialist paints bleach or haircolor just on the surface of your hair freehand, rather than saturating the entire section with hair dye. As we reach the ends of the hair, more of the hair is lightened. The result is natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights that easily blend in as hair grows longer. In instances where the root is the client’s natural color, clients can opt to wait as long as six months before applying a touchup to maintain the balayage effect.

In contrast, with foil highlights, strands of hair are highlighted end to end with the same color.  Foil highlights can look stripy if the hair is lightened in too large of clumps. Importantly, there is no regrowth line in balayage applications as there often is with traditional highlights.

Baby lights, a new trend, are tiny foil highlights that again mimic the lightening effect of the sun. Think for your childhood, when you spent your days outdoors, and those strands of hair that reacted naturally to the sunlight.

What is Balayage versus Ombre and Sombre?

Simply put, the art of balayage is a lightening technique used to produce the end result, while Ombre and Sombre use darkening to produce a similar result. The two processes, balayage and ombre can be combined for a more dramatic effect. 

Ombre, pronounced om-bray, means to “shadow,” and is the more dramatic of the two dimensional looks.  Think of the “S” in sombre and standing for subtly ombre. In both instances the dark color is painted onto the hair in graduated levels of lightening as the stylist progresses to the lower lengths of hair. 


The difference between ombre and somber is how many levels of color change exist between the roots and the ends of the hair.  Sombre gives the more natural appearance, while ombre provides the more dramatic, fashion-forward look.

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