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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 gray hair! And more specifically, lots of women have been rocking gray ombré hair as of late. Of course, we’ll all go gray naturally as we age (tear, tear), but more and more people are going out of their way to dye their hair to get in on this hair color trend. Consult our guide to gray ombré hair color, from prepping your hair for your new look to caring for your new hue once you have it.
Traditional blonde ombré has been popular for years, but colorful takes on ombré hair are seriously of the moment right now. From sun-kissed ombré hair to vibrant rainbow ombré hair (think teal, purple, and pink), there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to rocking this trend. And regardless of what shade of ombré hair 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 gray), you don’t have to worry about keeping up with root touch ups, as it looks natural as it grows out. Gray in particular these days is popular—so pair it with the ombré technique for an even cooler end result.
Just keep this in mind: If a pretty gray 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 gray ombré hair to life. Unless you have naturally light hair, creating a gray ombré hair color 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?
For a metallic take on the trend, try using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Silver at home. It washes out in one shampoo, so you can see if you like it before making a more permanent commitment. All you have to do is place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes, shake the can well, and spray the color on from 6-8 inches away. This looks particularly gorgeous when sprayed over black hair.
Loving your new gray 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 hair mask 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 gray ombré ‘do, reach for a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that are specifically designed for color-treated hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
2. Air dry your hair. Ombré hair—gray 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! 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 gray ombré hair color!
For your next hair color lesson, head on over to The Best Hair Color Correction Tips.