Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Celebrity Style Inspiration - How To Make Ombre Hair Work For You

Ombre hair seems to have been reincarnated in various forms for some time now be it dip dyed, two toned...etc...etc....

It's a look that we've had  a hard time getting our heads around over here at GoS simply because we're not big on "regrowth". Generally the ombre look can appear to look like lazy hair care in the form of bad regrowth. On looking a little deeper however we've found some wonderful examples of the ombre look actually working.

Tips For Making Ombre Hair Work For You

1) For long hair the ombre look works best when it is kept tonal. Keep the shade difference between 1 and three shades lighter than your natural shade for a softer look.

2) Keep in mind where the graduation of your color begins and how strong the color change is because if you make a big difference to your hair color you quite often need to change your make up color to suit.

3) For the best outcome take a picture of the look you want to your hairdresser and discuss exactly what you're after.

4) If you must try this look yourself don't be over confident. Start with subtle changes and work on the look over time.

Here are some lovelies who have embraced the trend well.

Whitney Ports Ombre locks start darker at the top and starts graduating above the eyeline. This creates a natural, soft sunkissed look that frames her face beautifully.

Lauren Conrad opted for a slightly bolder ombre look with the color graduation beginning just below shoulder height. This has allowed her to go quite light on her ends while keeping her natural color all around her face. This means Lauren does not have to change her make up and the overall look is softer.

Lily Aldrige is a brunetter that's made ombre work for her. The key to Lily's look is she's given some very slight highlights framing her face allowing the lighter hair to graduate at slightly different heights. This softens the overall look without being too stark a contrast.

Khloe Kardashian has opted for reddish / copper tones with her look. The look works as she's kept her natural dark hair framing her face with soft highlights graduating into lighter shades on her tips.

Ombre hair is not only for long hair! The look works a treat on shorter bob styles when done correctly. Alexa Chung is a great example. Her look is very subtle with soft hightlights just around her cheekbones down into a shade lighter on her ends. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the ombre look without making a very dramatic change.

Olivia Wilde is adorable with a slightly bolder look. She's started off with very soft hightlights at her roots and through her fringe with the lighter shades coming in stronger around her eye level.

Miley Cyrus is the boldest out of this lot with a strong contrast of mousey brown roots into blonde tips. Her graduation of color beigns just below eye level. This look might be too strong for some but being young this look works well for Miley. With this length of hair this bolder look stops just short of being too much.

R&M @ GoS


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