What is an ombre?
Pronounced om-ber, this look is defined by hair that is dark at the root, and blends into a lighter shade as it reaches the ends. To achieve this contrasting dark-to-light dip-dyed look, our stylists will use a hair painting technique, similar to a balayage, that includes a root stretch (also known as a root drag) and a contouring style that illuminates face framing focal areas for a truly bespoke finish.
Although different colour techniques are used, the definition of ombres and balayages often get mixed up, and as they can look quite similar, it’s easy to see why. A lot of guests ask us to explain the difference between an ombre and a balayage, so we put a handy little guide together to help explain the difference.
Ombre hair was first popularised back in 2000 with a whole cast of celebrities opting for the dip-dyed hair colour trend. Over the years the colouring technique has been adopted by celebrities such as Lucy Hale, Alexa Chung, Lauren Conrad, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and even Jared Leto, among others. The popularity of ombre hair has grown in our salons too and stylists recommend this colouring technique to anyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance colour transformation.
While ombre was initially the gradual lightening of hair from dark to light, it has expanded to take on various other techniques, including the fading of a natural colour from the roots to a more creative colour (such as turquoise or pink) at the tips.
The trend of ombre hair also encouraged the spread of this colouring technique to other facets of beauty, such as nail art and makeup artistry.
Why choose ombre?
- What’s great about this colouring technique is the fact it doesn’t matter if you struggle to maintain it as you only have the lighter colour towards the ends of your hair.
- It’s a fun way to experiment with bright, creative colours like blues and pinks without taking the colour so close to your root
- You get to choose the colour, tone and placement – what shade, how bright and how far up your hair length you want the colour to travel
- It’s not just about bright, dip-dyed hair as you can opt for a subtle and more natural colour transition too which can look just as beautiful
- It’s great for medium to long hair lengths and perfect for anyone who wants to grow out their existing colour
Commitment: Low – 2-3 months
Service time: Approximately 1.5 hours+*
Cost: See colour menu price list in salon
*service time can vary depending on training level of stylist, plus allow additional time for styling
To find out more about ombre and book your appointment, find your local Regis salon.