Difference between ombré and balayage, ombré is a word to describe the graduation of color or contrast. Balayage is a technique that means free hand painting! First picture of the left is an ombré I did, the middle is regular balayage highlights and the far left is an ombré created using the balayage method! Can the effects of balayage be created using foils? Yes it can! Who cares about the method , all the clients care about is the results!