Thinking about trying Ombré hair? That means, for those of you just joining us, a deliberate graduation of colour from the roots (darkest) to ends (lightest). Which is quite handy, really, if you’re trying to cut down on trips to the salon to get your re-growth touched up. It can also be super-pretty in a sort of imperfect, beachy, Surfer Girl way, as Rachel Bilson demonstrates.
But while Rachel—along with fellow Ombré poster children Alexa Chung, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Jessica Biel—no doubt had the help of a professional, I’m gonna show you how you can DIY the look in the comfort of your own home. Yes, really. And don’t worry. These instructions come straight from Luis Pacheco, Clairol consulting colourist and owner of Hair on the Avenue in Toronto. You’ve seen his work before, remember?
He’s very subtle, so don’t worry that you’re going to end up looking like this:
Provided you choose the right shade (more deets below), it’s should end up closer to this:
(And yes, I realize I posted about Drew as an example of the more subtle Ombré 2.0 we’ve been seeing. Shortly after that she debuted the very high-contrast look above. NOT a fan.)
Anyway! Luis has actually given me TWO how-tos; one for hair that’s already been highlighted and the other for natural, virgin hair.
How to do Ombré colour on hair with existing highlights
Her hair was already highlighted, so Luis added colour to darken the roots for an Ombré effect. Here’s a photo of the back of her hair:
Now here’s how to get it:
1. Use Clairol Natural Instincts. It’s a demi-permanent colour. (That means it fades gradually without leaving any harsh line at the roots.) Determine your natural hair colour level and choose a colour that either corresponds to your natural colour level or is one shade darker in a neutral to golden shade. If in doubt, go for the golden shade.
2. Apply the colour to your roots. Part your hair in four sections: from ear to ear and from the middle of your forehead to the middle of the nape of your neck, keeping each section close to your head. Let the colour sit for five minutes.
3. Take each section and run the colour through to mid-length of the hair, starting with the back sections finishing with the two front sections. Wait another five minutes.
4. Add water to dilute the colour and emulsify the ends (approximately the last third of the entire hair length). Let the colour sit for about one minute.
5. Wash hair. That’s it!
How to do Ombré colour on virgin (NOT coloured), natural brown hair
PLEASE listen to Luis when he says not to try this on already-coloured hair. Colour will not lift colour!
1. Use Clairol Nice ‘n Easy. It’s a permanent hair colour. Use a shade that is three or four levels lighter than your natural colour level in a neutral to ash shade.
2. Part your hair in four sections: from ear to ear and from the middle of your forehead to the middle of the nape of your neck, keeping each section close to your head. Using elastic bands, section off the last third of the hair length—the ends of the hair in each section.
3. Apply the colour to the sectioned off ends and let sit for approximately 20 minutes.
4. Remove the elastic bands.
5. Spread the colour about an inch above the pre-sectioned spot, where the elastic bands used to be. Let the colour sit for another 10 minutes.
6. Wash hair. You’re done!
Now tell me…
What do you think of the Ombré trend?
Do you think you might try this at home?
Or is this one trend you hope would hurry up and pass already? (I heard someone call it “the Emperor’s New Hair” and it gave me the LOLz. I definitely agree with that in the case of Drew’s ‘do.)