Tricks to Ombre Hair

Overview

Trends in hair color seem as frequent as those in fashion. One modern trend popping up on red carpets in 2011 is ombre color, which is the gradual fading of hair color from dark to light. Seen on numerous celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson and Alexa Chung, ombre hair is definitely a hot commodity. Achieving this look is actually quite simple.

Be Practical

Sure, celebrities can get away with fashion and hair choices that regular women can't, so remember this when you decide you're ready to rock ombre hair. Avoid bright colors or in-your-face dye jobs that look unnatural and impractical. Instead opt for traditional shades that showcase the ombre technique in the best way possible. Keep things as practical and natural as possible to avoid a costumey look that is sure to garner attention for all the wrong reasons.

Embrace Your Roots

The best thing about the ombre hair color trend is that your roots no longer have to be hidden; in fact, embracing your roots is a big part of what makes this look work. Since the ombre effect gradually goes from dark to light, displaying your dark roots contributes to the overall outcome. Not only is this a fabulous look, but think of all of the money you will save from constantly having your roots touched up!

Do it Naturally

Over the years, there have been numerous ways to dye your hair without the presence of traditional hair color. Now some of those techniques work better than others, but the ombre effect is decidedly subtle: Wear a hat. Skip the hair color, cover the top of your head with a hat and let the sun lighten the ends. This way you bypass the extra money, salon visits and smelly chemicals it takes to duplicate the ombre look.

Length is Best

The ombre hair color effect is better on long hair because the length allows you to fully see how the hair color goes effortlessly from dark to light. That's not to say that you need lengthy Rapunzel-length hair to achieve the look, but sporting at least shoulder-length tresses are recommended for maximum effect.

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