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More on ombré haircolor: Camilla Alves and Jessica Biel

Actress wanna-be Camila Alves is better known as Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend and mother to their child, but WE know her as an example of ombré haircolor done well. Technically this popular hue describes a dark hue that fades into highlights in the middle of ends of hair, and that fits Camila to a T. Her two hues are each distinct yet perfectly blended from black to golden brown. Expertly applied like this, ombré resembles colored hair growing out naturally. On the other hand we have Jessica Biel, usually included in features about the two-tone trend. Even though she’s considered a poster child for ombré, Jess barely fits the definition (in our opinion). On one side, the color varies from dark to light, but on the other the mane has only a few blond streaks. Perhaps this less-is-more approach makes Jess a popular leader in this field. It’s certainly more practical for real women.

Both of these dos are worlds’ better than a bad ombré  (think Drew Barrymore). With that in mind, make sure you find a colorist who has mastered the technique. While you’re at it, search out other clients who’ve had it done, and get their opinion. The rest is up to you!

Celebrity style: Drew Barrymore’s haircolor knows no bounds!

Will the true Drew please stand up?
You may think we are being harsh on Ms. Barrymore lately, but we’re just wondering why she would wear downright ugly hairstyles when she can look like the redheaded or blonde Cover Girl she is … after all she represents CoverGirl, the makeup.

Will the true Drew please stand up?
You may think we are being harsh on Ms. Barrymore lately, but we’re just wondering why she would wear downright ugly hairstyles when she can look like the redheaded or blonde Cover Girl she is … after all she represents CoverGirl, the makeup.

Maybe it’s because she’s so independent…
If that’s the case, we applaud the child star who has turned out
better than most little actors (not counting Ron Howard). Actually it’s
refreshing to see a star who doesn’t seem to care about conforming to Hollywood
style.

Getting back to the hair…
Recently Drew has gotten carried away with two-tone coloring that resembles
dark roots growing out. She’s one of our examples trendy tresses outstaying their welcome i.e. ombré gone bad. Ms. Barrymore must have missed the memo that says, “good ombré coloring needs to go gradually from dark to light.”

Oh well, the criticism is moot now that…

She’s washed that (h)ombre right out of her hair…
and replaced it with a warm copper color that works well for summer and will transition beautifully into Fall (if Drew doesn’t tire of the new hue by then!)

Ombré celebrity haircolor: Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Alexa Chung, Gisele Bündchen, Lauren Conrad, Lily Aldridge & Niki Minaj’s bad example

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!

Sources: fabsugar.com, Wire Images and Getty Images.

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