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It’s safe to say that ombré is one hair color trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. A classic ombré is meant to give you the perfect sun-kissed look, which is why it’s such a popular request at salons. Not only that, but these highlights are easy to maintain, so you don’t have to worry about frequent touch-ups or unsightly roots! What’s not to love about that? Depending on what you're looking for, ombré highlights can be subtle or they can provide a stark contrast where your hair is darker on the top and lighter at the bottom. Ready to get traditional blonde ombré highlights? Follow these steps to try out this trendy hair color technique.
Knowing that you want a blonde ombré isn’t enough. When you decide to get ombré highlights, there are a variety of hues you can choose from and you’ll want to have a good idea of exactly what it is that you’re seeking. The traditional ombré is blonde, but many people have been flocking to salons to get teal and even baby pink ombré highlights. Of course, today we’re focused on blonde ombré in particular.
Ombré highlights are supposed to make your hair look naturally sun-kissed, which is why blonde ombré continues to reign supreme. To choose the right shade of blonde for your ombré, you’ll need to take your skin tone and your base color into consideration. Keep in mind that if you have darker hair, you’ll need to bleach your hair to get that traditional blonde ombré look. To help find your perfect hue, look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram, paying extra attention to images of people with coloring that’s similar to yours—that’s a good indication that the same look will suit you.
When it comes to ombré hair, it’s up to you whether you go to a salon or color your hair at home. Consider our points below when deciding which option is right for you.
Find a colorist who specializes in the ombré technique if…your hair is very dark or you don’t have much experience with DIY dyeing. The darker your hair is, the more you’ll have to bleach it to achieve a stunning ombré effect. Since bleach can certainly damage your hair, it’s a good idea to visit a colorist who can minimize that damage.
In general, when you’re dyeing your hair a different color—even if it’s just two shades lighter—it’s never a bad idea to seek the help of a professional hair colorist. To get ombré highlights, hair colorists often use a special hand-painting technique called balayage to give hair that natural look. During the process, they mess up and tease the strands to evenly distribute color and blend the lighter pieces so the highlights don’t look chunky. Since this technique isn’t super simple, it may be best left to a professional.
If you’re going the salon route, make sure you spend a little time finding a colorist who specializes in the ombré technique—different colorists will have different techniques that they favor and excel at.
Ombré your own hair if…you’re confident in your DIY skills and aren’t making a major change. At-home hair coloring may not be for everyone, but with the right hair color kit, you can ombré your hair all by yourself. To take the do-it-yourself approach, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in Ombré Bleach. For the best results, follow the instructions that come inside the box—no winging it!
Editor’s tip: Think your ombré could use something to take it up a notch? We recommend adding a pop of color to your locks. After bleaching the ends of your strands, you can follow up with a shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Color line. There are plenty of options, from purple to peach, so have fun with it.
Once you’ve colored your hair, it’s important that you maintain a regular hair care routine to help preserve the life of your color. Luckily, doing so is pretty easy. Here are three essential tips for caring for your hair post-coloring:
Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, which are formulated without sulfates, salts, or surfactants and are especially gentle on color-treated hair. Gently massage the shampoo onto wet hair, then rinse. Follow with the conditioner, leaving it on for one to two minutes, then rinse again.
Once or twice a week, switch out your regular conditioner for a color-safe hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask. After shampooing (with the aforementioned shampoo), wrap the mask around wet hair, leaving it on for five minutes, then rinse.
It’s time to step away from the hot tools! Give your mane a break by opting for a heat-free style. Blonde ombré highlights look absolutely stunning when paired with your hair’s natural texture. Create beachy waves with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Spritz some onto wet hair, then braid your mane and leave it to dry. Once your hair is dry, undo the braid and show off those pretty waves!
Next, head over to our article, What is Shadow Hair? Introducing This Low Maintenance Highlighting Technique, to learn about another low-maintenance highlighting technique.