The good, the bad and the ugly
The two-tone haircolor trend better known as ombré has been making waves with celebs for a while and it’s still going strong with young women in real life. Girls in their teens to 20s have embraced the old/new hue with open arms. Here are a few A-listers who are basking in the hottest shade under the sun (for the moment)!
Let’s start with a “good” example: Sarah Jessica Parker has been rocking ombré since the early days of Sex and the City. SJP returns to it often … when she’s not modeling one of Garnier’s colors.
On the other end of the spectrum is Drew Barrymore. Poor Drew gets stuck in haircolor hell more often than not. When she’s not in movies or in magazines, the child-adult star is the victim of experiments gone wrong.
While we’re covering the bad, let’s look at former model Alexa Chung. Sometimes she falls into not-so-good category, sometimes she doesn’t. Like Drew, Alexa looks beautiful at awards shows, in mags and anywhere that requires the cover girl image. Actually there’s quite a few good versions of Alexa as an ombré woman, but we’ll show them at a different time.
Depending on your likes and dislikes, Niki Minaj could fall into the good or the ugly category. The mane reason we’re showing it is because she embodies the true meaning of ombré i.e. a French term meaning “shaded” or multicolored stripe graduating from light to dark. Technically ombré refers to a color effect that’s woven into fabric.
“Pretty” good sums up the trend à la Lily Aldridge when she was photographed by April Hubal. Creating a look like Lily’s or Drew’s isn’t all that hard, according to Sarah, colorist at our beloved Charles Ifergan’s salon in Chicagoland. While we thought it would be a painstaking three-color process, Sarah says it’s simply a little tedious for the colorist. It’s easiest if the top of your hair is already dark, but a single color rinse can do the same thing. But first Sarah teases a small section around the head where she wants the dark to blend into light. The she does foil highlights on the ends and uses a brush and water to comb the lighter shade into the teased area. If needed or desired, the top can have a single process color. Depending on the length and type of hair, Sarah’s ombré method isn’t any more expensive than other highlight treatments. However, she adds, it’s not a great look for blondes.
If you want to go with something easier, something that requires less commitment, follow the lead of Gisele Bündchen and Lauren Conrad. Their dark-to-light shades are so subtle you might not consider them ombré. As we’ve said before Gisele is also known as a bronde because of her brown-blondish locks. No matter what you call it, Gisele and Lauren model color schemes that work well for real women.
Specifically, Gisele’s color ranges from dark brown on top and underneath to fine highlights everywhere else. Lauren has light streaks around the face and everything blends into a gold-kissed platinum color.
We hope this has given you food for thought. If not, we will be serving up more portions for you to chew on at a later date!
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