Ombre Hair Styles: The Pros of Going Ombre
Of all of the new and reemerging fashion trends of the 2000s, ombre hairstyles are most definitely one of the most popular statements being made within this generation of trendsetters. From Hilary Duff to Ciara, almost every female celebrity has given these lightened tips a try, and more than a few have stuck to the trend to date. When you plop down in your stylist’s chair asking for am ombre ‘do, they’ll be giving you a hair coloring job wherein the ends of your hair are lightened, while your root color remains darker than the rest of your hair. The look is meant to dramatize the look of a grown out head of hair that has had the ends kissed by the sun, and lightened in contrast to the rest of the hair.
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While ombre hairstyles can be done at home, it’s most advisable to make yourself a salon appointment in order to achieve the exact look you want. In order to achieve the all-over varying highlights that are characteristic of ombre hairstyles, the hairstylist tosses her foils and uses a technique called Balayage. Balayage is a technique of hair coloring originating in France. It is executed by brushing color on individual sections and sometimes strands of hair in order to achieve a more personalized and natural state of colored hair.
A big benefit of adopting one of these ombre hairstyles is the ability to save a little bit of money while staying on-trend. Even for the girl who doesn’t often make an appointment with her stylist, this coloring technique allows the roots of one’s hair to grow out while the beautiful coloring near the ends of your hair remains the same as they were when they were first colored. If you’re one of us who has yet to color her whole head of hair, it’s also a very low-risk look, as the ends of our hair are naturally the least healthy, and lightening only the ends is an easily reversible way of experimenting with a new color or overall style.
While blonde is a particularly popular color that’s used when trying to achieve a variation of the many ombre hairstyles, it’s a good idea to look into other shades to give yourself a unique look that’s a little bit different than what’s on the runway. Also, perhaps if you’ve gone blonde and you’re thinking about making the dramatic transition back to brunette or any darker color, you can ask your stylist to brush the darker color from the top of your hair down, creating a sort of “reverse ombre.”
As far as hair cuts and styles, most stylists advise a longer head of hair and are partial to a more wavy texture, as it emphasizes the natural look of highlighted hair and allows the lighter streaks to peak through at a whim. Short and/or straight hairstyles are perfectly acceptable as well, however, as I personally find that it creates a very trendy and sleek look when all of the highlights are perfectly visible. It’s always advisable to keep your personal style and hair texture in mind when making a transition to new hair color, but adopting one of these ombre hairstyles is undoubtedly a very low-risk trend to experiment with.