Monday, November 22, 2010

Ombre Hair Color

Ombre is a French term meaning "two toned".  Ombre hair is the look you get when you normally color your hair but do not go for regular touch ups. This is what naturally happens to kids during the summer months when their hair gets lighter from the sun and then fall and winter come along, leaving the kids with two toned hair. Lighter on the ends and darker at the roots. Having this technique done on your hair, is being happy and proud of your natural hair color. To sum Ombre up, I think it was Sarah Jessica Parker who coined the phase "Poverty Roots".

Ombre hair is the more extreme version of a close relative of another french technique called Balayage. Defintion: A free style technique of  painting highlights onto the hair. Balayage is meant to give your hair the sun kissed summer version of your natural hair color. Both of these techniques tend to work better on women who have little to no gray in their natural hair color. They can also be done over a all over color, but make sure you hair is in good health before jumping right in. Both blondes and brunettes can pull off either of these looks. But I have to say that too dark of a brunette might get a little warmer than one is hoping for.

Ombre Examples
Ashley Simpson

Drew Barrymore

Much lighter ends

Great with long wavy locks

Balayage grown out

Extreme creative version of the Ombre technique

Balayage Examples

SJP sporting Balayage

Gisselle, the model who put Balayage on the map!

Tastefully executed sun kissed Balayage

Even though these trends are usually seen around in the spring and summer, sometimes you just need a little pick me up for the winter blues. Have fun exploring these two creative techniques.



  1. Girl you got the color of the season going on!! I love this post!
    I'm going to tweet it ;)

  2. Hey there!
    I've been thinking about getting this style done on my own hair but I'm not sure if it would suit. I'm Asian with typical straight black hair that is quite fine. I was thinking of dying my hair dark brown then gradually getting lighter near the ends. Or would this style work equally well if I just dyed my ends a dark brown and left the top half black? Thanks!

  3. Hi!!! Sorry, I have been away from my blog for a while...Unless you have gray you shouldn't need to color your roots darker. The idea is to use your natural and then have lighter ends by using the Ombre technique. You can be subtle about it or dramatic. It's more of what you would be comfortable with :) Good luck and happy playing!


  4. hi,

    i have recently been looking into getting this professionally done do you recommend i go to Seven there is one close to where i live or somewhere else?

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  6. I loved the styles you put on the site. I will try to make the same model of the photo named "Much lighter ends", it was very cool.
    I found another great site, full of ideas too, click.


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