Ombre Hair

How to get ombre hair: What you need to know

Everything you need to know…


Curious about how to rock ombre hair? We don’t blame you, having been circulating in the style stakes for many seasons now, ombre has been worked and re-worked in a number of innovative ways (even in shades of blue, pink, and grey!). But before you start running to your local salon, we suggest learning a little more about this unique hair colouring technique.

Now, don’t worry if you’re completely clueless about it all, because we have your back. Below, we’ve put together a break down of everything you need to know about nailing this universally-loved hair colour trend, and ensuring you get the ‘do you’ve always dreamed of. Enjoy!

How to work ombre hair: What you need to know


How to ombre hair Jessica Alba with medium length ombre hair
Curious about how to ombre hair? Well, Jessica Alba’s definitely a fan. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

What is ombre hair?

The term ‘ombre’ is a French word which translates as ‘shaded or shading’. And like all fancies from France, it is utterly chic and adored by celebrities the world over, including the like of Alexa Chung, Beyoncé, Jessica Alba, and (of course) the Kardashian clan.

Now, traditional ombre hair is identified by its trademark dark roots and lighter ends, where the graduation from dark to light is steady and subtle. This makes for an ultra low maintenance look, as you don’t have to worry about any unsightly regrowth ruining your style. Yay!

How to get ombre hair

Obviously, there are various DIY ombre hair kits that promise the ombre outcome, just without the salon price tag. However, for the best results, we recommend going to a qualified professional if you’re thinking about colouring your locks. Let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than a botched home dye job!

Vanessa Hudgens with long curled natural-looking ombre hair
Remember: ombre hair is all about creating a more ‘natural’ look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Forget the foils

If you’ve become accustomed to using foils your whole hair-colouring life, this one is going to take some getting used to. However, if you’re committed to getting the best possible results from your colour, know that ombre hair requires ditching the foils in favour of a freestyle technique. This involves the stylist colouring your strands freehand with a brush, so that you get a stunning, natural-looking finish!

But what’s the difference between dip-dye and ombre?

Feeling a little confused about your colouring techniques? Then let us clear a few things up. Although dip-dye hair and ombre are similar in principle, ombre often works with more colours, giving a gradual and more subtle change in colour.

So, when opting for ombre, discuss with your stylist the lightest shade you want to go. This shade will form the tips of your hair, and your stylist will most likely work to transition the shade from root to tip, breaking it down into three sections: roots (dark), mid-section (lighter) and roots (lightest).

Post-salon care

Want to keep your new ombre hair looking great? Then use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for coloured hair, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and ConditionerThis wash and care system is formulated with Vibrant Colour Lock technology, to help leave your coloured strands feeling silky and more manageable!



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17 January 2017