Ombre hair is the hair coloring effect that has the bottom hair portion looking lighter than top portion. The effect is achieved by bleaching lower hair portions and the ombre can be evened out using dye on the bottom part after the bleaching.
The hair is trendy and very stylish and many ladies have taken it up as the best dyeing technique. But just like any other hairstyle, there are things you must consider and remember if at all you are to get the best results with your ombre hair.
1. Remember that tone is everything. A brassy tint can be a big mistake with the ombre coloring. It is usually a result of bleach on hair that is dark with reddish undertones. Colorists avoid this effect by following the highlights with corrective toner. If you are coloring yourself, then consider adding achy or cool color depositing hair toner to remove yellow and orange tones.
2. Keep the hair as healthy as possible. Bleaching basically removes pigment from hair to lighten it and it can be damaging compared to dyeing. Also important to remember is that the technique concentrates on hair ends and lengths which are compromised and can sustain damages compared to newer growths near the roots. To keep damages minimal consider trimming hair before and after ombre especially for dry or long hair. It is a simple way of preventing split ends or making them worse. You should nourish and soften hair once a week using color safe deep conditioner.
3. Go easy with the colors. When going ombre, it is best that you stick to natural hair colors, however adventurous you might be feeling. For black hair or dark brown hair, the ombre should not be lighter than soft medium or light brown. Light brown hair and blonde hair can have lighter color towards hair ends. To get it right, remember that the lighter the hair the lighter the ombre can go. Avoid being too drastic with your color choices if you want a good finish.
4. Try as much as possible to avoid harsh lines. Demarcation lines that are too harsh do not look any good. The hair should not go from light to dark too instantly and should instead appear sun-kissed and natural. The hand painting technique can be best to evenly distribute and blend lighter pieces. Mussing up hair strands also achieves the same positive results with the ombre. If you are doing the coloring yourself, consider using a toothbrush after applying bleach to rub color upwards to achieve the subtle gradient effect.
5. Get a reliable stylist. To avoid a messy ombre, trust a skilled stylist. So much can go wrong when coloring the hair, especially with dark hair you want to dramatically lighten. A stylist will choose the most flattering highlights to match your hair type and facial features. You also do not have to worry about poor product choices when you hire the services of skilled hair colorists to do your ombre.