It’s that time again, ladies. We’ve relished the many compliments we received on our vibrant new hair color, but now we’re entering the territory of two-toned tresses. That’s right, I’m talking about the “dark roots meet lackluster dyed hair” stage. Cue: bad hair day(s) concealed by hats, lots of hats. But what’s a girl on a budget to do? Well, you’re in luck. There’s a great way to embrace your grown-out color while still maintaining your trendy reputation, not to mention your pocket book.
Celebrity hair colorist, Anja Burton, is the mastermind behind “Ombre” hair color. Also known as Dip-Dye, this new technique that appears to naturally fade your hair color from dark to light can be seen on many of the fresh-faced “It” girls. Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, and Olivia Wilde are just a few A-listers who’ve been seen sporting this new look around the streets of Hollywood.
Now, my hair’s relationship with coloring has been tumultuous to say the least. I’ve (unsuccessfully) tried it all, everything from brassy highlights that turned my hair orange, all the way to dark red hair that glowed violet in the sun. But, after some great hesitation, I finally decided that I was going to take the plunge and take my hair from dull and drab to fresh and fab.
I was referred to Hair Drezzers on Fire by Jenna Lee, a makeup artist who’s known by her clients for her ever-changing hair colors. She strongly recommended Natalie Garcia, the colorist responsible for her vibrant locks. Now don’t get me wrong, I was extremely apprehensive about any sort of drastic change, but after my color consultation with Natalie I felt at ease knowing that my hair was in good hands.
On the day of my appointment I brought along a collage of inspiration to show Garcia the Ombre look I was going for, much to her appreciation. She mixed up a concoction of hair dye and began delicately applying the mixture to the ends of my hair, leaving about an inch or two of my natural color exposed. After leaving the color on for a while, she led me over to the sink for a rinse and scalp massage using shampoo and conditioner that smelled divine. She dried and styled my hair to perfection and, while the color wasn’t as light as I had originally wanted, I left satisfied, knowing that she didn’t sacrifice the integrity of my hair texture by bleaching it past it’s capacity.
Who it works for:
- Natural brunettes who’ve always wanted to go blonde.
- Busy ladies who want that Southern California look.
- Women on a budget.
Natural brunettes who’ve always wanted to go blonde
Have you always been curious whether or not blondes really do have more fun? Try Ombre. It’s a great way to transition between two very different colors. Ask your hair colorist to use your natural hair color for the base, and have her fade the dark into the shade of blonde you’re curious about. That way you get to test out something new without it being a drastic change.
Busy ladies who want that Southern California look
According to Katy Perry, California girls are unforgettable. From their glowing tans, to their sun-kissed hair they know how to achieve that natural beach look. Unfortunately, full time jobs and a house full of kids doesn’t exactly allow much time to lie out on the sand. Instead, with Ombre you can easily pull off the surfer girl look without the sunburn. By allowing a gradual fade from dark to light, the result is hair that looks like it was faded naturally by spending the summer lounging by the waves.
Women on a budget
We all love to be pampered and we all love to look our best. Unfortunately, that’s usually associated with spending lots of money, especially when it comes to hair care. Luckily, the Ombre look isn’t as high maintenance as other styles. With this look, you can get away with letting your roots show and not dying your hair as often, which makes scheduling an appointment for your next color session much more flexible as well as keeping your hair healthy.
So don’t be afraid, maybe a fresh new look is just what you need to let your outer beauty shine just as bright as what’s on the inside. Either way, I think this style is here to stay.