Ombre is a French word that literally means shaded; think gradient color, like you'd see on a swatch of fabric or skein of yarn. Ombre is a hot trend in hair color this year -- and with good reason!
OK, so nothing is more low maintenance than not coloring your hair, but comparatively speaking, ombre is a fairly easy hair color look to keep up (presuming you go from darker roots to lighter ends). For the least maintenance, go as close to your natural hair color as possible near your roots, then gradually go lighter down the hair shaft.
Drew Barrymore has dramatic color contrast between her roots and her ends, but because the transition is gradual (this is really key), it's not a harsh look. Rachel Bilson and Sarah Jessica Parker sport more subtle ombre looks -- gorgeous, we say!
Ombre hair coloring actually mimics the hair color of our childhoods. Remember when you'd get so much sun in the summer that your hair would lighten dramatically? Then, by mid-winter, you'd have that ombre look... naturally. Presuming your natural hair color isn't gray, ombre hair color looks very youthful.
Well, yeah, this isn't surprising, given that the whole point of the effect is to make it look on purpose like you're growing out your roots. Ombre actually makes dialing down your hair-coloring budget while retaining some of that expensive lighter color stylish.
We're loving this look! It's fresh and unique. A little beachy and casual. We probably wouldn't try it at home, but done right, it's an extremely flattering way to "go lighter." If you're thinking about a blonde hairstyle, but have always feared that it wouldn't flatter your complexion, ombre hair color is a nice compromise. Keep your natural color with closer to your face and transition as light as you dare at your ends.
Do you ever have those days when you have no time to spend on your hair? Here's a look that takes just one minute.
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