Ombre: Ombre hair refers to the gradual lightening of the hair strand, usually fading from a darker color near the roots to a lighter one at the ends. Ombre can be very subtle or very striking. The look you want to achieve will depend on the technique and level of lightness. Look to these photos as examples of ombre hair:
DIY Ombre Hair:
Can you do your own ombre hair at home? It depends.
- If your hair is medium brown to dark blonde, you should be able to buy a hair lightener and lighten the ends of your hair yourself.
- If your hair is black or dark dark brown, you should see a professional if:
- your target blonde color is 4 shades lighter than your natural shade
- your hair already has dark/black color on it
- If your hair is black or dark dark brown, you can color on your own if:
- your target shade is a caramel color
- you are willing to lighten 2-3 times to get your desired color and tone.
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Hair Color for Medium to Dark Brown hair and L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Hair Color for Light to Medium Blonde hair is a great alternative to professional color.
Jessica's hair is almost a combination of both techniques.
DIY Balayage Hair:
Can you do your own balayage at home? Maybe, maybe not.
- Balayage is a trickier business than ombre. It requires more precision and a good knowledge of how lightener works as well as over all placement.
- You will also need more tools such as a precision color brush, cotton, foil, bowls, etc.
- To get the best balayage results, visit a professional!
To determine which look is right for you, ask yourself these questions:
--Am I okay with the "grown out roots" look?
--Do I want something low maintenance?
--How much lighter than my natural shade do I want to go?
--How do I usually style my hair? Curl or straighten?
--Am I okay with bleach being used on my hair?
If you're okay with roots, curly hair, and bleach, then ombre is great for you. Ombre hair is dark at the top gradually going lighter towards the bottom so it will almost look like you've skipped a few hair appointments. I recommend wavy or curly hair if you're rocking ombre hair because the line of demarcation (the "line" separating natural color from artificial color) will be prominent. Thus, if you straighten your hair, you will see a contrast. Waves and curls hide that line much better. Because ombre hair usually has very light ends, it is almost certain bleach will be used. And we all know the ends of our hair are the most damaged, so proceed with caution.
If you want low maintenance, subtle color, and like your hair straight, then balayage is great for you. Balayage may not require bleach depending on how light you want to go. Remember, it's supposed to look natural, so you will probably only go 2-3 shades lighter than your natural color. Because the color is painted on the hair vertically, you will not get that dreaded "line" meaning that as the color grows out, it will be less noticeable, making time between salon appointments longer. You can also straighten that hair without having to worry about seeing noticeable lines of color. And you can also wear it wavy or curly!
Both of these coloring options are on trend and can be sported hundreds of different ways. Hopefully my insight can help you on your color journey to getting the best hair for your style. Please message or email me if you have any other specific questions! Happy coloring!
**To see a DIY tutorial on how I achieved an ombre/balayage look, click the link! **