Ombre Hair Color

Maybe you aren’t familiar with the term Ombre but I’m sure you have seen this hair coloring technique on celebs everywhere lately. The term Ombre means shaded or graduated in tone. When this idea is applied to hair color it describes a melting of graduated tones from roots to ends. This dark root to light end hair trend has become so popular due to its reduced need for maintenance.

When I first saw this trend pop up, I must admit, I was not a fan. However, as popularity rose I feel that hairstylist have discovered and perfected the techniques that can make this color choice a flawlessly sun-kissed look.

Here are some examples of why I disliked the Ombre at first and how those same celebs have improved the look over time:

Lacey Schwimmer:

In this photo I hated the Ombre look. Her dark root color to her light ends was too highly contrasted or at least wasn’t graduated enough. The transition is a bit abrupt and creates to much of a dividing line.





 In this later photo you can see that the dark tones really melt perfectly through the lengths of her hair. Not only is the technique better executed but the color choices and blonde toning compliment each other much better.









Drew Barrymore:

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Drew but Ekk! this Ombre was an epic fail in my opinion. I strongly disapprove of the distinctive line between dark and light that is clearly seen at eye level. The color choices aren’t awful but could be a little less brassy.







Now I think we can all agree that this is a much more flattering Ombre look for Drew. No harsh lines just smooth blended color from dark to light. I prefer the cooler tones of browns and blondes in this photo. The blonde still has a bit of warmth without looking brassy. Gorgeous blending. Major improvement!









I recently performed an Ombre technique on my client Nicole. Check out the before and after photos!

Before we started Nicole had virgin hair in a stunningly rich shade a brown at about a level 4.

Since Nicole’s natural tone was so nice I chose not to apply any color at the root which also eliminated any possible need to root maintenance.

I mixed up two colors:

TIGI Creative 7/0 + 0/88 mix masters (for control over warm tones while lifting) + 40 volume.

TIGI Ultra Lift 50/77 Ash Brown + equal parts 20/30 vol. Once again the ash was chosen to control warmth while lifting.


I began in the nape taking diagonal forward partings about an inch thick.

Using a backcombing technique I would backcomb at the root slightly then apply the Tigi Creative color about 4-6 inches from the scalp then feather the color up while leaving the first two inches natural.

Then I applied the TIGI Ultra Lift color to the ends and slightly overlapped it with the Tigi Creative color to ensure blending.

I repeated this technique up the head to the the temples, while leaving a slice of natural hair out every few sections to add a few subtle low lights.

Through the top sections I only backcombed ever other section and chose a more balayage painting technique opposite sections. Still saturating the ends with high lift and feathering the mid lengths with creative color, I then added thin highlights with the creative color a bit closer to the root and around her hair line framing her face.

Processed for 35 minutes.Shampooed and deep conditioned to help comb out the backcombing.

Blow-dried and styled.

As you can see her to the left the finished results are a beautifully sun-kissed look! The backcombing technique is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to ensure a perfect blend from roots to ends without any harsh lines!

Nicole loved her new, easy to manage color and so do I!


To get your own Ombre color, request an appointment online or call Beauty (SALON) at 248-540-0046!

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