People frequently ask me whether the ombré look (darker roots, lighter ends; sometimes referred to as dip-dyed ends) is in or over. I consider the look a new classic and, as such, not one that’s every likely to become passé. In fact, it’s a nice option for women like myself who can’t commit to a full-head of highlights but like the thought of doing something a little different to their hair.
The thing with ombré is that, unlike highlights or all-over color, you never need to worry about roots. And when you’re over the look you can either get a big trim to get rid of it, or dye your hair back to its natural color all-over.
A stylist at the Louis Licari salon in New York City recently gave me a good trick for achieving the look at home:
• First, section off the upper portion of your hair so that just the under-layers hang down.
• Next (and this step is key since it opens up the cuticle layer of your hair so that it can absorb the lighter pigment), back comb vigorously (that is, tease) one to two inches of those exposed ends.
• Last, use the lighter shade of your choosing on the teased portion and allow it to develop as per the directions on the box.
I tried the technique on my own hair using L’Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombre Haircolor ($12, target.com) and it was simple and successful. Happy “homebré-ing!”
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