Ombre Hair Trends 2014
Today’s post is all about ombré styles that are currently trending in the world of haircolour. This style of colouring the hair is something very near to my heart, as I’ve been wearing different versions of it since January 2011 when I saw Juliette Lewis’ wicked ombré’d hair in Whip It. I bleached out my own ends a couple of days later and wore the style to a fashion event (zero.O.lab launch, a subproject by my friend Katherine of Sans Soucie), where people mentioned my ‘unusual’, ‘different’ colour – I’m fairly sure most of them meant ‘weird-in-a-bad-way’, judging by the way they said it and the looks on their faces. Who could blame them? Really when you think about it, ombré looks like wayyyy neglected root regrowth, also known as ‘letting oneself go’ which is a big no-no in the beauty and fashion industry.
Since then, I’ve watched the ombré trend absolutely explode! It’s the perfect low maintenance colour, and you can do it so many ways from dip-dye (with a clear strong line) to soft subtle ombré’d highlights (gives the look of “Merry Christmas! Wow, you got a lot of sun this past summer!”) and everything in between. It looks great on all textures of hair when done properly, and only needs upkeep once or twice a year…or just wait until it grows out and cut it off!
The most common question I get about ombré is, “Can I wear it in my curly hair?” The answer is a resounding YES, and it looks awesome! The trick is to NOT apply the ombre to the hair when it is straightened. It won’t look right, because curly hair does not sit straight. Make sure your stylist either understands or fully specializes in curly hair before you ask them to do this colour technique in your hair, or you may very well end up with something that looks overdone.
Another concern that some may have is that some people feel that dark or black hair doesn’t look right with ombré. Again, this all depends on your preferences and how much warmth you like to see in your hair. Some people love to see bright orange ends, and some like a nice neutral or even ashy brown. I prefer to see more of a faded look on dark hair – a three or four colour transition from black to chocolate brown to neutral dark blonde to ash light blonde. You can also opt for a set of balayage highlights done far off the root, and it will give more of a sunkissed look.
Above is some of my own ombré work. These are 3 of my own clients, plus two of the looks that I did on myself (the first is from 2011, and the next is my new headshot from last month). I feel that these are more of the direction that this trend in going, i.e. a more natural, soft and flattering look than the drastic dip-dye colour. On the far left is highlights done balayage style 2″ off the root, plus dip dye ends – the most basic and low maintenance look because it lasts a year or longer as the highlights grow out. Next is an extreme dark root/light end ombré on curly hair. Maintenance is a little higher for this look, and every 4th visit is a full highlight retouch (we do dark roots only, otherwise). After that, a front and back view of warm ombré highlights on Persian hair, starting with a few face framing slices with a balayage style about 3″ off the root to bring out her eyes, then more and more slices closer to her nape. Then there’s a pic of me from May 2011 with my 3 colour ombré done by sectioning the hair into 6 and backcombing the hair before bleaching. Lastly, my current look, which is a 4 colour ombré with balayage highlights to break it up.
So that’s about it for ombré trends this year. If you have any questions or are interested in my haircolour services, please feel welcome to contact me!