Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Is Ombre Hair Colour Still In?

SJP, Cameron Diaz, and Jessica Biel have gotten it right! (taken from web)
Many clients have been asking me, "Is the Ombre hair colour trend still in"?  It seems most hair colour trends come and go, usually changing with the seasons.  It appears however, that the Ombre colour trend is here to stay.  It began a couple of years ago when we saw celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker sporting darker roots graduating into lighter colour on the ends.  Two years later, these celebrities along with many others have continued to like this trend.

In reality, Ombre hair is nothing new.  It's quite a natural hair colour look, one that our much younger counterparts have mastered quite by accident.  Remember back to when you were a little girl playing outside all summer.  Your hair would lighten up, and by winter your roots would come in a few shades darker.  So despite some people's comments about ombre hair colour looking like nasty grown out roots, it can actually look quite natural and youthful.

Ombre looks great on shorter hair too! (taken from web)

So what makes the Ombre colour trend worthy of sticking around?  Patrick McIvor, colour director for Matrix believes it will still be around 100 years from now.  His prediction is that the Ombre technique will become the "little black dress" of hair fashion due to its functionality, and ease on the pocket book, not to mention, it never looks like it's growing out.  That being said, it must be done right to have that natural graduated colour look.

When done poorly, the Ombre effect can absolutely end up looking like you haven't had the time or money to get your roots done!  So what is the best way to achieve this look? The trick is to lighten your ends three to four shades lighter than the roots and to add some balayage (hand painted) highlights to the top.  This gives it a nice sun kissed look.

Drew Barrymore and Ciara sporting dramatic ombre looks Taken fom web)

So I have a few favourites when it comes to this look.  I think SJP and Cameron Diaz have really nailed this look.  I also love the look on Miley and Rashida's shorter hair.  It also offers a really dramatic look when pulled back.  I'd have to say though, that Drew Barrymore and Ciara who are sporting a more dramatic version, don't get my vote.  So what's your take on this trend?

Pulled back for a dramatic evening look (Taken from web)

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