In my most recent post I talk about what’s on-trend for Spring 2012, and Ombres made the top of that list. I know we see lots of pics of Rachel Bilson, J.Lo, and Jessica Biel in magazines all the time, but if you’ve ever considered getting them done, you might have been curious as to what that might look like minus all the air brushing! One of my awesome clients, Emily, has been having an ongoing conversation with me on Pinterest about ombres and what she’s been looking for. Emily has also been posted on here as an example of Peek-a-Boo highlights — w hich incidentally led to a hilarious google search (but that’s another story….).
In that last post I talk about what exactly Ombre highlights are. These are panels are placed throughout the head so that the colored strands appear to become gradually lighter from the root to the end. Ombres are GREAT for those who don’t want to have to touch up their color more than 1-2 times a year — in fact, the longer you go without touching it up, the better it looks!
So, here’s Emily before our haircolor journey began this morning……
Though you can’t see them, she does have pale blonde Peek-a-Boo highlights throughout the back of her hair. The rest of her hair is a faded dark mocha shade with about 1.5″ of natural grow out. Conveniently the blend between her natural and the faded mocha was pretty seamless. Typically with ombres one will keep their natural color at the crown (making this the ultimate low-maintenance haircolor), or will color it an ashier tone to ensure that the ombres pop.
And here she is after….
Yowzah! As you can see, Emily now has panels of color that go for about 4″ of her natural, then transition to a caramel mid-hair shaft, and then end in a palest blonde for the last 2″ of the panel.
When considering ombres, be advised that this is a lengthier process than a traditional highlight weave, so you’ll need to schedule a bit more time. Also, because this is a specialty foil placement, you’ll need to check with your stylist to make sure the s/he does this type of service. And if they do, also ask for a price quote — and don’t be surprised that you might need to expand your budget a bit. Not every stylist knows how to do this, or does this well, and a bad ombre-job can lead to significantly damaged (or even fried-off!) hair. Remember, a little research can make the difference between fabulous and frightening!