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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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What’s ombré haircolor? Hint, hint: Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, etc.

More clues: It’s similar to subtle brond (brown/blond), auburn (brown/red) or dramatic multicolored chunks. Not too long ago Drew Barrymore wore the worst example of ombré we’ve seen so far. The exotic color scheme has been a fave of Sarah past and present—Sex and the City—TV then, movies now. Jessica seemed predisposed to ombré as early as 2007. If we’ve piqued your interest, come back to realhairstyles.net  We’ll reveal the meaning of ombré and how to make it yours!

Jessica Biel at Gen Art Premiere and Party for...

Inspiration for ombré? Find out in a future post! Image via Wikipedia

Celebrity haircolor: the bronde brigade

 

Long before it had a name, bronde was a haircolor.  For ages brunettes have been adding a little blonde to their hair. Then in 2007 celebrity stylist Kim Vo coined the word “bronde” and it stuck. Women go bronde for many reasons: to lighten up, flatter themselves or just have more fun! Its appeal is timeless as sun-kissed brown seems natural and resembles the perfect haircolor of a child. Brown/blonde comes from fine highlights on naturally dark or lowlighted hair.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the quintessential bronde and the inspiration behind the name. We were going to put her picture on top but couldn’t resist using the trio of Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and Natalie Portman (considered the brondes of the day). Miley and singer Demi Lovato (right) represent the younger generation who’s embracing bronde for something they think is new and different. Compared to Gisele, Demi is a darker brunette with sunny streaks on top and around the face.

Miley goes high contrast with brown that’s almost black and blonde that’s almost white. The light streaks and shorter curls separate her from the Hannah Montana she’s trying to do get away from. Jennifer and Natalie have the same idea: hightlights so subtle they could have come from the sun. Jennifer has more blond in her bangs and very fine highlights throughout to give her waves incredible shine. Natalie proves that less is more for stars as well as real women who don’t have the time to fool with the high maintenance kind of bronde. 

Sarah Jessica Parker stands out as the blondest in the bunch and that’s OK for the fashionista of Sex in the City. Meanwhile Michelle Pfeiffer swirls gold on brown to distinguish her spiral curls. 

As you can see, all brondes are not the same. In the near future we are going to add more brondes to the list and tell how to get the look.