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Ombré hair not only looks great, but it’s amazingly low maintenance. Basically, bring it on! What more could you want out of your hair color? Once you’ve decided to opt for ombré—as you surely will—you’ll want to know how to keep your updated ombré hair color looking its very best. Keep reading to find out how!
It’s hard to believe you can create a mane masterpiece from the comfort of your own home, but it’s 100 percent possible. All it takes is the right at-home ombré hair color kit. The L’Oréal Paris Féria Wild Ombré lets you lighten hair’s lengths and ends, all on your own. The best part: It’s up to you whether you go subtle or bold. Use the included brush to simply paint on color wherever you’d like. Let’s hear it for DIY dyeing!
While you’re probably used to seeing ombré hair of the brown-to-blonde variety, there are other options. Instead of blindly selecting your new shade, try choosing your color based on your skin tone. Here’s a little help.
If you have fair skin…try ombré that fades to strawberry blonde. That’s right, ombré works on pale-as-can-be redheads, too. Fade rosy locks into a soft, strawberry blonde.
If you have light skin…try ombré that fades to medium brown. If you have a light complexion, don’t choose a color that will seem too stark against your skin tone. A nice medium brown hair color is always a safe bet.
If you have medium skin…try ombré that fades to platinum. Super-light tips may be hard to pull off, but they’re perfectly suited to medium skin tones.
If you have olive skin…try ombré that fades to golden blonde. Golden hues are always flattering when paired with an olive skin tone, and ombré hair is no exception.
If you have dark skin…try ombré that fades to chocolate brown. Think subtle, and go for an ombré that flows from nearly black to a warm, chocolate brown.
When you change up your hair color—even if it’s just on the ends—your hair care routine will need to change, too. It’s important to use a system of hair care products formulated specifically for colored hair. Stock your shower with a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. For those with a fresh blonde ombré, opt for a sulfate-free version, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. Used together, the system can help neutralize unwanted brass tones—every blonde’s worst nightmare.
It’s time to take a break from the heat tools. Pair your new ombré hair color with your natural texture for a spruced-up, low-maintenance look. Use a hair mousse, hair spray, or styling cream to polish your look. Apply an egg-sized dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to wet hair, flip your head over to scrunch your hair, then let it do its thing! You can also create beachy waves by spritzing the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair. For smoothness without the fuss, work a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream into wet hair, then apply a tiny bit to dry hair.
The best thing about ombré hair is that you can literally go months without a touchup. The more your roots grow out, the better your hair looks—you certainly can’t say that about many hair color trends! But that doesn’t mean you’re completely free forever. If your color doesn’t need an update, you’ll still want to book salon appointments for regular trims. A quick cut can make all the difference in how your hair looks.
Next: Learn all about a similar trend for your tresses. Check out our article, Ombré with a Twist: How to Rock the Sombré Hair Trend.