15 May 2013 by

The Ombre Effect: Hair Experts Give Us Their Top Tips On How To Get The Look

Let us introduce you to hair colour’s hottest, newest trend- something we like to call ombré, aka, dip-dye’s cooler, more sophisticated big sister. You see, whilst dip-dye was great fun, and gave us free-will to experiment with some pretty cool colours, the overall look was just a little bit too harsh for our liking, leaving us feeling more My Little Pony than the festi-chic beauty we were going for. Well, all hail the ombré, ladies! Ombré literally means ‘graduation’ in French, which refers to the dark-to-light fade of colour that is used in the technique, where darker roots blend softly into lightened ends. This kind of colour works well on layered or choppy cuts, and the overall result is seriously chic. We love!

The red carpet has been awash as of late with celebs sporting the ombré trend, although when we spotted Kate Bosworth’s two-toned tresses last week at a private screening of Black Rock, we knew this trend was on to something…

Celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward (the genius behind K-Mid’s gorgeous tresses) says, “Ombré is a far more subtle take on dip-dying that works particularly well on long, layered hair.” We couldn’t agree more- in our opinion; the key lies in a soft, modern graduation of colour- nothing looks more dated than a harsh, dip-dyed effect.    

Still tempted to take the ombré plunge? Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to catch up with JOICO Celebrity Colourist George Papanikolas (Kim Kardashian’s colourist) and Global Artistic Director Damien Carney, who gave us some exclusive ombré tips. Read on and learn, ladies...

1. Keep it Natural

Whilst the two-tone effect is a really low maintenance colour choice, it is important to make sure the result is as natural as possible- to get the best results, ask your colourist to keep the base colour within two ranges of your natural colour. If the colour transition between dark and light stops and starts, the contrast is too strong.

2. It’s All About the Prep

When you deepen your colour, or lighten your ends, it's crucial to keep it in top condition.  Applying darker colour to damaged hair will cause quick fading.  It's best to prepare the hair by treating it with JOICO K-Pak RevitaLuxe, to strengthen, repair, and soften the hair before and after the colour service.

3. Don’t Try This At Home

Don’t be tempted to try this at home! It will be a mess - only a professional hairdresser will understand what level, tone and contrast are required to create this look.  


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