How to Grow out Colored Hair for an Ombre Look

Elisa Sednaoui shows off her ombre hair at a cocktail and dinner in honor of Michael Kors.

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Looking for a hot new hair color that lets you go months between touch ups? You're in luck! Ombre hair is a super low maintenance hair coloring technique that has popped up on the heads of numerous celebs including Rachel Bilson and Drew Barrymore. Ombre hair is darker at the roots, fading slowly over the length of your hair to a lighter color. If you're currently growing out your dye job, you can take a few simple steps to get the sexy, relaxed ombre look for yourself.


Stop touching up your roots. It goes against everything you've ever heard, but go ahead and let your dark roots show. For true ombre hair, your roots need to reach down to around your ears, so you'll have to practice your patience while you're growing out your color.


Speed things along by giving your hair some love and encouraging it to grow like kudzu. Give yourself a scalp massage each time you shampoo to stimulate new hair growth. Take a daily vitamin that contains B vitamins and antioxidants every other day to encourage healthy root growth.


Pick a sweet, light color for your roots to fade into. You can go anywhere from a light brown to a sun-kissed blond on the tips of your hair. When your roots have grown down to your ears, take a photo of your favorite ombre-haired celeb to a colorist and ask her to paint your tips in your desired hue, blending into your roots in a gentle fade.


Ask your colorist to paint ribbons of your lighter color at the bottom of your hair and around your face. The highlights should be uneven to make a gradual flow from dark to light. Ask your colorist if she can use the balayage method for highlights, which involves painting the dye on freehand like a fine art painter.


Maintain the look by using a color-safe shampoo and treating your mane to a hot oil or conditioning treatment once a month. Enjoy your ombre hair for a full six months before thinking about getting a touch up.

Tips & Tricks


The ombre look works best if your hair reaches at least past your shoulders, according to stylist Tracey Cunningham from he Byron and Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills.

If you're a natural brunette, you're in luck. It'll be easier for you to let your hair grown and maintain the ombre hair trend.


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