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. From hair care to hairstyling, here’s everything you need to know!
OMBRÉ HAIR COLOR TIP #1: FIND THE RIGHT OMBRÉ KIT
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. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in Ombre Bleach. An at-home kit lets you lighten the lengths and ends of your hair, 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 color on wherever you’d like. Let’s hear it for DIY dyeing!
OMBRÉ HAIR COLOR TIP #2: SELECT YOUR SHADE
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.
OMBRÉ HAIR CARE TIP #3: SWITCH TO A SYSTEM OF HAIR CARE PRODUCTS FORMULATED FOR COLORED HAIR
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 that’s safe for color treated hair. Stock your shower with a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Editor’s tip: Rocking a blonde ombré? You can also use a shampoo specifically formulated for blonde hair, 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.
OMBRÉ HAIR CARE TIP #4: ALLOW HAIR TO AIR DRY
It’s time to take a break from heat tools. Pair your new ombré hair color with your natural texture for a spruced-up, low-maintenance look. You can create heat-free beachy waves by spritzing the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair.
OMBRÉ HAIR CARE TIP #5: MAKE TIME FOR A TRIM
The best thing about ombré hair is that you can literally go for 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.
Now that you’re well versed in ombré, it’s time to become an expert on the topic of sombré hair! Read our article Ombré with a Twist: How to Rock the Sombré Hair Trend for everything you need to know.