Ombre hair holds a top spot as one of beauty’s biggest trends, with celebrities keeping the flattering dip-dye hairstyle at the top of salons’ most-requested hair color lists. The Ombre hair coloring technique is defined as when your hair color gradually blends from one color to another. It comes from the French word that means shadow or shade and has become a very popular hair color trend. Ombre hair is a coloring effect in which the bottom portion of your hair looks lighter than the top portion. To achieve this effect, it is necessary to bleach the lower portion of your hair. If you want to prevent a brassy or orangey color, you can also dye the bottom part of your hair after you have bleached it.
An Ombre is a great way to have a low maintenance look that doesn’t sacrifice style. Go bold, soft, colorful or natural with endless color choices. Whether your hair goes from dark brown to light blonde, or even from your natural color to a shade, the whole idea is derived from a look that your hair was lightened by the sun.
Many of our clients ask us what is the difference between an Ombre and a Balayage? To simply state, the Ombre is the style and the Balayage is the technique. Balayage is a customized, hand-painted, sun-kissed look – a coloring technique utilized to create naturally highlighted appearance. The technique creates great depth and dimension. You have dimension throughout the hair, as opposed to dimension just on the tips of the hair, which is common with an Ombre application.
Ombre is a “dipped-ends” look that was extremely popular a couple of years ago and is something that typically has a darker root, a medium color to the mid-lengths of the hair, with the ends being brightest. Visit our Balayage page to learn more.
Generally, Ombres work best on brunettes because it is the least subtle of all the techniques, a Sombre is what we would see on blondes. That technique is subtler, hence the word Sombre. Ombre can be a bit more daring, more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is kind of like color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colors. While the Ombre is a great look, it is also something that needs to be done by a professional salon and can look really bad if done wrong. When done at home or by someone who doesn’t have experience, it can look like your hair has grown out for months, and it can even turn orange. But with a professional stylist, you can achieve the look that so many celebrities are sporting today.
How long should someone wait before getting the second treatment for Ombre to enhance/lighten the look?
Typically, you can go up to two to four months between treatments, because your hair will blend with your natural look, but it depends on where you’re starting and where you want to end up. The need to color less often is a big part of what makes this treatment or application so popular. If you are graying, however, you’ll still need stick to your current timelines.
Each of our stylists has mastered the art of coloring and styling hair. Each stylist adds their own unique touch to the art form of hair styling, dyeing, cutting, and care. Our team is devoted to providing total relaxation and contributing to well-being for each spa visitor.
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