Vanessa Hudgens recently showed off a new, ombré style, but last night she twisted it up in a new way. The actress opted for a messy, oversize braid that seriously showed off her two-toned hair. With her blond locks nestled directly above her chocolate strands, the color difference was quite apparent. Do you like this severe two-toned look, or would you rather let it slide?
In a world where beauty trends come and go, ombré is one style that has withstood the test of time. Spotted on celebrities like Lauren Conrad and Shay Mitchell, this hair color look remains popular because it — when done right — can add gorgeous dimension to your hair and enhance your coloring. And since everyone can use a little inspiration before hitting the salon for color, we're showcasing some of our favorite celebrity ombré styles, along with a few tips to take with you.
Ombré isn't going anywhere. The look has surpassed many other beauty trends and is quickly moving into "classic" territory, with low-maintenance color that can range from bold, dip-dyed ends to natural, flattering, beachy tips. We visited the Jonathan & George Salon in Beverly Hills, where celebrity colorist Erick Orellana taught us the tricks to mastering an effortless-looking ombré job at home using box color! On Kirbie: Club Monaco dress.
You might think the ombré hair trend has been played out, but it's actually still going strong for 2013. The proof is in all the starlets who are rocking face-flattering, lightened tips. Go with blond accents this season with just a hint of color at the ends, or better yet, just let your color grow out. It's the perfect time of year to be low maintenance. Click through to get ombré inspiration from these celebrity looks.
The ombré hair color trend is still going strong with a high-contrast update. While a subtle transition from dark to light has been the ideal for ombré in the past, a new norm is emerging: colorblocked strands. Recently, celebrities have been spotted wearing a look that is more dip-dyed with an obvious division between roots and tips. Coco Rocha is letting her flaming ends grow out with her brunette color meandering at chin-length. Amber Heard's dark hair immediately shifts to blond around eye level, while Sarah Jessica Parker softens the abrupt transition from dark to light with a few blonde highlights around the face. Here's an opportunity to let your roots hang loose, and skip a few touch-up appointments.
But by all means, whenever you're opting for any lighter color, whether it's ombré or not, avoid matchy-matchy roots. "People assume the root color should be blonder than their end color." However, great blondes are rootier with light ends: "It's much more dimensional," Vo says. Celebrity examples: Heidi Klum and Jennifer Aniston.
"You can still have ombré, but it doesn't have to be where you have dark roots and blond ends," Gibson explains. So still keep the roots darker, but cut down on the contrast toward the bottom. Another benefit of the ombré style? "There is something really youthful about that growing-out hair color look," he adds. Learn how to get ombré hair at home with our easy-to-follow (honest!) video.
It looks like the ombre highlights trend might actually be here to stay . . . at least for a little while longer. That’s great news if you color your hair, since the upkeep is less frequent than traditional highlights (and, hence, easier on the pocketbook). Just don’t expect to see drastic two-toned shades this upcoming Fall 2011 season. Instead, opt for color that looks more natural and gradually changes tone, says Jose Eber Salon Senior Hairstylist and Colorist Karen Smith. Here, she shares tips if you're thinking of trying ombre hair color.
Find your inner surfer girl: For a natural ombre effect that feels more surfer girl than a rock star, Smith recommends only going about three to four shades lighter at the ends of your hair. Also, adding a few light streaks of balayage (hand-painted highlights) from roots to ends will make your hair look more sun-kissed and keep the color flowing through your strands. “You just want it to start very natural at the roots and get heavier towards the bottom,” she says.
Maintenance is minimal, but it still exists: “You only need to [touch it up] a couple of times a year because you don’t get roots,” says Smith. But you should switch up your hair care to keep your strands looking healthy and the color vibrant. “I would definitely use a much more nourishing shampoo and conditioner on it because you are lightening the hair." Her favorite pick? “Phyto shampoo and conditioner always work," she says. "They’re really good and nourishing.”
Don't let bleach scare you: If you love ombre hair color, but you’re afraid the bleach might damage your hair, Smith says not to worry. “As long as there’s an experienced person bleaching it and they’re paying attention as it’s being done, the hair will not be destroyed,” she says.
Research is the key: Since ombre hair color is a newer technique, Smith recommends finding the right hair colorist. “Make sure they have done it before,” she says. “Show them a picture of what you like and make sure they’re on the same page with you. They have to be creative and have an eye for it.” Celebrities with ombre hair color she likes: Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Biel.
Second time's a charm: Now that you’re ready to get your ombre hair on, there’s one more tip. Remember that your hair color might not turn out the way you want it the first time, so don’t be afraid to go back to your colorist and explain the issue so he or she can fix it and get the color just right. Usually, you won't be charged for a color correction.