What is ombré hair?
Ombré hair is similar to the popular dip-dye trend, but rather than having the hair abruptly change color midway between roots and ends, ombré hair gradually transitions between shades. Starting at ear level, ombré hair color usually changes from dark to lighter shades, for instance transitioning from brunette to blonde, but the technique can be used with any colors. Ombré hair is the ideal solution if you want to spice up your look without a complete overhaul. Ombré color play can help give a new appeal to beach waves, while giving extra impact to lowlights. Although ombré hairstyles may seem complex, they are in fact quite low maintenance; because the color fades from dark to light, its fine for your roots to grow out for a while before you need to recolor.
Who is ombré hair suitable for?
Ombré hairstyles can look either highly natural or deliberately salon-created. Consequently, they can be adapted to suit most women and styles, especially since the shades will likely include your natural hair color. For more natural looks, ombré mimics the new growth of color-treated hair making frequent color touch-ups therefore unnecessary. What’s more, the lighter ends of ombré hair look as if they are bleached by the sun and make it perfect for summer.
Inspiration: Ombré for short hair
Although ombré hair first found fame on longer locks, women everywhere have been adopting the technique to bring some serious sass to their short hairstyles. From textured lobs to quirky pixie looks, short ombré hair can be seen in a number of different ways and in a gorgeous array of styles. Although many women choose to go for a beachy, textured effect, ombré curly hair can look incredible too. Keep the curls tight and close to the end to let the color change wow. Equally, ombré is perfectly shown off to full effect on a short blunt bob.
How to ombré hair
For anyone looking to DIY ombré hair, there are a few things you should first be aware of. Part of the allure of ombré hair is the way in which the colors blur and fade from one to the other. To achieve this at home can be quite complex – especially at the back of your head! Consequently, for newcomers to hair coloring we would recommend experimenting first with a color spray to see how you like the effect, like with göt2b®’s Head Turner in baby blue. Alternatively, dip dye hair for a striking result that doesn’t require the same level of finesse as ombré. Grab a striking color like göt2b® Metallics Dark Ruby and apply to just half of your hair. Let it sit as long as necessary to achieve the depth of hue you would like, before rinsing. Of course, achieving more subtly integrated ombré hair takes some skill and practice. In this case, it may be a good idea to visit a professional salon or ask a colorist for advice.