Ombre Hair…Do Or Don’t?

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Ombre hair, a trend in hair color that keeps showing up on movie stars and other celebs, looks like it’s here to stay. Have you noticed over the last few years, and even more lately, women in the magazines look like they have major roots? Well, they do, and they did it on purpose.

‘Ombre’ is a french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. Some believe it creates a more natural look than regular foils, or all over color. It’s certainly a money saver if you’re trying to save some cash and not get your hair done as often.

The funny thing is, even though most women are embracing this look because it’s a time and money saver, a lot of women are actually paying the same amount of money to keep the darker roots and lighter ends, by getting highlights done using a technique called Balayage. It is time-consuming, and sometimes more expensive because it can be hard to find a stylist who does it just right. It takes a lot of training to achieve this “natural” look, and you must have a steady hand and a good eye, because it’s not done with foils, the hair color is just painted onto the hair shaft.

As I look at pictures of hair like this, I ask myself if it’s a “Do” or a “Don’t”?

I think it can be a “Do” if the color of your highlights is very close to your natural shade. The contrast won’t be so severe if the tips of your hair are just a shade or two lighter than your roots. It can be a “Do” if you’re growing your color out, if you want the sun-kissed beach look for summer, and if you’re trying something new for a while. It can also be a “Do” as long as your hair is styled to complement your color.

I think it can be a “Don’t” if you have too many colors going on. If the tips of your hair are platinum blonde, and you have black roots, it’s definitely a “Don’t”. Personally, I think if you have to pay an obscene amount of money for roots that contrast, it’s a “Don’t”. If your hair looks messy, not intentionally up-do messy, just messy, it’s a “Don’t”. Messy hair, and color that looks overdue, just makes someone look unkempt and grubby.

I’m on the fence with a definite “Do” or “Don’t”. I’m leaning closer to “Don’t” simply because I haven’t seen enough people really work this look and make it look glamorous.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you have Ombre color? Is it a “Do” or a “Don’t”? Because I always look forward to your comments, feel free to sound off!

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2 thoughts on “Ombre Hair…Do Or Don’t?

  1. It is tempting to so a “Do” but I am more honest when I say it is a “Don’t” . For now I have to go to let my roots done, but I want to wait 2 more weeks, then I have to run!! 🙂

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