Ombre is a hair coloring option where you leave the roots of your hair dark and the ends light (assuming you’re not a natural blond which you would then have to dye the roots dark). Back in the day it was referred to as ‘white trash’ or ‘madonna’ but now it’s starting to become pretty mainstream – in Hollywood anyhow.
When Drew Barrymore did it a couple of years ago, I have to admit I was mortified, but I’ve never been one to latch on to a trend early. I’m a classic gal who doesn’t generally indulge in fashion or hair fads until they are pretty mainstream, which by definition means they are no longer fads.
Fast forward a couple years and I see this photo of Vanessa Hudgens and I really, really liked the funky look of it, and it just so happened I was due to bump up my roots.
So I decided to take the risk and instead of the standard ‘base bump’ and highlights that I’ve been doing for the past 30 years, I evened out the roots with a darkish color (ombre is one thing, grey is quite another!). I have to say I really love it!
And there are two big pluses that I didn’t even take into account. One, I saved more than 50% at my salon. My normal cost is $220 plus tip and with the ombre affect it was $105 plus tip. Two, it is SO much healthier for your hair, since it doesn’t involve bleach. What a coup!
So if you’re a hard core blonde, maybe it’s time to consider a change. Save that extra cash for a facial or some Botox! Save on what you can to spend on what you want, that’s my motto!
Ombre comes in different degrees. There are no rules, but these are my favorites: