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If you’ve spent any time scrolling through your social media feeds lately, then there’s no doubt that you’ve noticed the trendiest hair color these days is a bit unexpected. Yep, we’re talking about grey! And more specifically, lots of women are rocking grey ombré these days. Of course, we’ll all go grey naturally as we age (tear, tear), but more and more people are going out of their way to dye their hair to get this trendy look. Consult our guide to grey ombré hair color, prepping your hair for color, and help caring for your new hue once you have it.
Traditional blonde ombré has been popular for years, but colored ombré is seriously of the moment these days. From sun-kissed ombré to vibrant rainbow ombré (think teal, purple, and pink), there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to rocking this trend. And regardless of what shade of ombré you go for, there are quite a few reasons why this trend is beloved. For starters, it’s low maintenance. Since ombré hair involves only dyeing the ends of your hair a different shade (such as grey), you don’t have to worry about keeping up with root touch ups, as it looks natural as it grows out.
Just keep this in mind: If a pretty grey gradation is something you’re interested in, consider visiting a colorist at the salon, since ombré is a highly specialized technique that requires skill to get just right.
Before jumping straight into the dyeing process, it’s important to understand what it’s actually going to take to bring this trendy look to life. Unless you have naturally light hair, creating a grey ombré will require stripping your hair of color with bleach in order for the light hue to show up on your strands. And the darker your starting color, the more trips to the salon it might take to get this look, since colorists generally recommend lifting hair only a few shades at a time. So, that means you may have to be patient if you’re starting with brunette or black hair. But hey, good things come to those who wait, right?
Loving your new grey ombré hue? Well, just as you prepped your hair going into the process, it’s a good idea to switch up your hair care routine once you’ve dyed your hair to help protect your color-treated hair. Not sure what to do? We’ve got you covered.
1. Use a system of shampoo, conditioner, and treatment designed for color-treated hair. If you have oily skin, you’d probably want to use skin care products formulated for your skin type, right? Apply the same logic to your hair. When you’re washing and taking care of your grey ombré ‘do, reach for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and treatment that are specifically designed for color-treated hair.
2. Air dry your hair. Ombré hair—grey included—looks awesome when paired with your natural texture, whether you’ve got straight, wavy, or curly strands. So, put down the heat tools and air dry your hair instead! Apply an egg-sized dollop of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to clean, damp hair, evenly distributing the mousse from roots to ends. Flip your hair over to scrunch it and let it dry.
Want beachy waves? You don’t have to be anywhere near the ocean to get this look. Start by spritzing on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair. Then, braid your hair to add some definition. Create one braid for looser waves or multiple smaller braids for tighter waves. Once your hair has dried, undo the braid and you’re good to go.
Hello, pretty texture—and gorgeous grey color!