The change of the seasons has got me wanting to change my hair color. Just like in fashion and makeup, there are definitely trends in hair color! Last year around this time, the ombre trend took over. Ombré is a French word that means “shaded like a gradient.” Roots are kept dark while the ends of the hair become gradually lighter. What do you think about ombre now? Is it still in?
I recently came across this photo of Lily Aldridge – She’s the Victoria’s Secret supermodel married to Kings of Leon singer, Caleb Followill. Regardless of whether the trend is in or not, I think Lily has the ombre look down pact. This is a look that can last any season. For me there’s just something super sexy and attractive about those bleached-out ends.
The ombre look works the best on natural brunettes, like me. Just ask your colorist to add uneven strands of a lighter color to your ends. The color added needs to blend evenly, so it’s important to make sure it’s applied without foils to create the most natural ombre look. The color should be the perfect graduation from dark to light.
Try not to wash your hair before going to the salon. It’s weird, but dirty hair looks best for coloring. Shampoo and Conditioner will leave a protective coating on your hair, which the color can’t bond as well to. Lastly, it’s important to know what colors work best for you. Pale and pinkish skin looks best with a light brown to blonde ombre, while those who have medium or dark skin should go for a dark brown, like Lily Aldridge at the roots, with a coppery, auburn finish on the ends.
Once you’ve got your hair in a pretty ombre shade, make sure to take care of it! Go back to the hair salon and have a glaze put on your hair after six weeks. This will maintain the color and prevent it from getting dull and fading out.
Deep condition it daily to keep the hair moisturized. If you blow dry, straighten or curl your hair every day it probably already has a lot of damage. Use a deep conditioner to repair the ends and keep the color looking fresh and healthy. Since the ends are lighter, more attention gets put on them and no one wants to be staring at your brittle, split ends.
Make sure to use products for color treated hair. Regular shampoo and conditioner can be too rough on hair and shred the hair of neccesary oils, leaving it frail and dry. My favorite brand for color-treated hair is Pureology. The lather leaves a minty feel on your scalp and it really keeps color intact and super moisturized.
That’s all I got ladies. What do you think? Should I take the ombre plunge?