Your locks say a lot about your style. Your hair can make or break any outfit, and likely, it’s your best accessory. Hair color, its texture, cut or shape can say as much about your style as your clothes.
When it comes to color, from bold hues to toned-down, natural locks, the options are endless. For many, getting your hair colored can seem high-maintenance and expensive, while to others, it a necessity. And many hair color trends come and go; however, you can always find a way to express your color style in the moment.
Fortunately, if you hate your color, you can change it in a snap, making your look forever versatile. And with the popular ombré hair-coloring technique, incorporating multidimensional layers of color throughout your hair is a relatively low-maintenance way to revamp your hue while still keeping it natural.
Ombré, also called hair-color melting, is a hair-coloring trend that gradually descends from dark at the top to light toward the ends. This coloring technique is not like highlights in that the color starts at the roots and stops at the ends. Generally, the ombré technique uses two colors, the darker starting midway down the length of the hair and the lighter toward the ends.
The ombré hair-color trend can be a lot less maintenance for some women. If no base color is needed, only a small amount of color will have to be added to the remaining hair. And because the color doesn’t start at the roots, color touch-ups won’t be as noticeable with root growth, Annie Bowlby, owner of Studio Boom in Longmont says.
Commonly, this trend is mix of brunette hair with lighter locks toward the bottom. Think Sarah Jessica Parker color circa “Sex and the City 2,” and you’ll get the idea. Although the ombré technique is seen commonly in the natural, neutral hair colors, it is possible to achieve the melting colors look with basically every color and hue imaginable.
Because the ombré hair color technique doesn’t require that color start at the roots, some stylists don’t think it’s an everlasting trend. However, for the person who has never colored her hair, this trend may be a good place to start because the change won’t be too drastic, and it’s an overall low-maintenance coloring technique, making it easy to add to, change or refresh in the future, Bowlby says.
No, No, DIY
The ombré technique is not generally recommended to try and achieve as a Do It Yourself (DIY) project because your color could easily end up looking choppy and messy. Enlisting the services of a professional is a must-do in this color situation to ensure your hue isn’t brassy, too muted or just plain terrible.
Since the ombré technique gives hair a subtle kick, it’s still a look that will work in the professional setting. And no matter your color, ombré hair can add dimension to your base color while still keeping your look natural and fun. With all the hair colors possible, ombré your way.
By Dominique Del Grosso