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It’s safe to say that ombré is one hair trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. A classic ombré is meant to give you the perfect sun-kissed look, which why it’s such a popular request at salons. Plus, these highlights are easy to maintain so you don’t have to worry about frequent touch-ups or your 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? Keep these tips in mind.
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. That’s because to get ombré highlights, hair colorists use a special hand-painting technique called balayage to give hair that natural look. During the process, they muss up the strands to evenly distribute the color and blend the lighter pieces so the highlights don’t look chunky. If you’re going the salon route, make sure you spend a little time finding a hair colorist who specializes in the ombré technique and choose someone who you feel comfortable with. You don’t want to go through this entire process only to hate the outcome, now do you?
When you decide to get ombré highlights, there are a variety of colors you can choose from. The traditional ombré is blonde, but many people have been flocking to salons to get teal and even baby pink ombré highlights. Ombré highlights are supposed to make your hair look naturally sun-kissed, which is why blonde ombré continues to reign supreme. If you have darker hair, you may need to bleach your hair first if you want to get the traditional blonde ombré look. Keep in mind that the appeal of ombré is its seamlessly blended, natural-looking result. You’ll know if this is not the case if you end up with a harsh line where one color ends and the other color begins.
Are you a DIY dyer? You don’t have to go the salon to get ombré highlights. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombré Kit. For the best results, follow the instructions that come inside the box. Want to add a pop of color? You can continue on by following up with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Color, which is available in a variety of pretty shades including pink, purple, peach, and teal.
Once you have 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. Consult these tips if you have blonde ombré highlights.
1. Switch to a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, which are formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramides to help preserve color and mend damaged, processed hair fibers. Gently massage the shampoo onto wet hair, then rinse. Follow with the conditioner, leaving it on for one to two minutes, then rinse.
2. Use a hair mask once or twice a week. Once or twice a week, switch out your regular conditioner for a color-safe hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. After shampooing with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, apply the mask to wet hair, leaving it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
3. Let your hair air dry. It’s time to step away from the hot tools! 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 on to 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!