7 Reasons why you should get ombre hair

Arianna | 11 September 2016

Trust us: you’ll want to rock ombre locks after reading this.

Ombre hair isn’t anything new: the hair trend has been around for years now, yet it’s remained a popular style among celebrities and beauty bloggers alike. Why? Well, for so many reasons (including the fact that it’s one of the most low-maintenance dye jobs ever!). But if that’s still not enough to convince you, then read on to discover 7 reasons why you should get ombre hair now!

Ombre hair: 7 Reasons to work the trend

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Ombre hair doesn’t require much maintenance! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. It’s low maintenance

When it comes to colouring your hair, the main challenge we all face is maintaining our new hue for as long as possible. But because the colour change with the ombre hair technique starts halfway down your strands, you’ll never need to revisit the salon for a root touch-up – making it the perfect dye job for all you time-poor ladies out there!

2. It can be subtle or bold

Depending on the colour you opt for (and the positioning of it), the effect can be as bold or as subtle as you like. If you want a really natural look, then consider choosing a colour that’s one shade lighter than your natural hue. Or, if you’re feeling a little braver, why not make a colourful statement with a pretty pastel hue or a bright neon shade? Both look amazing and are equally on-trend, so there’s nothing to lose!

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Ombre hair can be subtle or bold. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. It’s doesn’t have to be a drastic change

If you’re weary of dyeing your hair, or are a self-confessed commitment-phobe, then rest assured that the ombre trend is the perfect one for you. Why? Because not only is it less drastic than dyeing your whole head, but if you don’t like the ombre colour, you can slowly trim the ends off as your hair grows! Remember: there’s no such thing as forever when it comes to hair.

4. It isn’t as damaging as a full-on dye job

As the ombre trend focuses on changing the colour of the bottom half of your strands, you won’t have to subject your hair to as much trauma as you would if you were to dye your whole head. Yes, the ends of your hair may become more dry and brittle after the use of hair dye or bleach, but the top section and your roots won’t! Ah, music to our ears.

5. You can experiment with different hair colours

Can’t decide on blonde, caramel, pink or purple? Don’t fret: the beauty of ombre hair is that you can opt for absolutely any colour under the sun! Don’t believe us? Check out our 5 favourite ombre hair colours here! After all, when was one colour enough for anyone?

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Ombre hair looks gorgeous in braids, too. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Ombre hair makes braids look prettier

Thanks to the colour placement of the ombre technique, it creates subtle tonal contrast throughout your locks – and what better way to show that off, than in a inverted fishtail braid or upside down braided bun? Due to the colour combination and the weaving of the hair, ombre locks look uber gorgeous when styled into braids.

7. It suits both short and long hair

Who said that ombre hair was reserved for those with super long tresses? Not us, that’s for sure! This subtle hair colouring method also works a charm for short crops! Need more proof? Then, just check out these celebrity ombre hairstyles. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us…

Editor’s tip: If you do decide to embrace the ombre trend, then remember to swap your usual wash and care system for one specially formulated for colour-treated hair. We recommend the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner (Both 500ml, £3.69*). 

After more amazing colour inspiration? Then head over to our Hair Colours page, for all the latest hair hue trends, as well as some top tips and advice.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.


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