Ombre Hair Highlight Technique

The first hot trend that seems to be sticking around from last year is the "Ombre" or "Balayage" highlight technique. What does "Ombre" mean? Well, this is a French term meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color technique is when the hair starts at a dark color at the roots and gradually gets lighter at the ends. This is an exaggerated style meant to mimic the natural way hair color fades as it grows out due to exposure. This hair color technique is also referred to as "Balayage" which another French term is meaning to sweep. This is used because the color is applied in a technique where it is brushed on by the stylist is a non structured process.

This highlight process has been adopted and made popular by celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Rachel Billson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Giselle Bunchen, just to name a few. The great quality about this highlight style is that it's not going to look exactly the same on every person. This process can be customized and tailored to comply with the color and style of the client's hair. There are so many variations that almost anything is possible. The client is only limited by the creativity of the stylist. In their defense, hair stylists are some of the most creative people/ artists!

The Ombre color process is also great for clients who are too busy to come in every six weeks for a root touch up because maintenance is low. The style leaves some room for re-growth so it is not noticeable if the client goes two or three months before a service.

Be adventurous this year and have a little fun with your style. After all, it's only hair color! It's fun, flirty and fashionable but not permanent so go for it!

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