One of the hottest dye jobs of 2010 was ombre highlights; a gradation of lighter colour applied from mid-hair, finishing with very light ends. The look for some people oozed laid-back, carefree tresses that resembled as if the sun had naturally bleached it, while others detested its purposeful overgrown roots appearance.
Many celebs like Rachel Bilson, Sarah Jessica Parker and pretty much every single Victoria’s Secret model (seriously, you’d think they were spokesmodels for the trend) pulled off the look effortlessly, whereas Drew Barrymore and Ashlee Simpson (although we love them) sadly missed the mark.
But then, according to Michelle Villett of beautyeditor.ca, there was a more subtle resurgence of the ombre trend amongst celebs, which she dubbed ‘ombre hair 2.0’. The look, Villett said ‘involved softer highlights that remained in the same colour family, resulting in a more fluid appearance, with no harsh line marking where the colour ends.’
The ombre hair trend, however, isn’t solely reserved for a natural gradation of colour-- Lady Gaga sported canary yellow ombre highlights at the 2010 Grammys, while model Dree Hemingway shocked with a neon pink take on the trend. Oh, and how can one possibly forget R&B singer Nicki Minaj’s Rocket Popsicle coloured ends?!
Now, it seems to be that girls are sporting lighter colour just at the tips of their hair. Sure, it may just be that their ombre treatment has grown out and they simply got a new haircut, but maybe this is the new ombre 3.0?
Regardless, the new phase of the trend is a much easier and stress-free approach to emulating the ombre look. Rather than take the plunge and dye your entire head (as someone who is raven-haired, the thought induces severe heart palpitations), simply dyeing the tips of your hair can be likened to that of dating; you want to test the waters and see how you like it prior to making a commitment.
Also, should you decide that merely lightening your ends just ain’t cutting it, and that you want to fully embrace the ombre look, know that the original trend is very high-maintenance. Yes, while you could do nothing with your hair and wear it carefree, the look happens to look best when curly or wavy. Not only does curling your hair make the highlights appear softer, but the colours tend to blend more, yielding a more natural and dimensional appearance.
So what do you readers think of the new evolution? Do you think the light tips look effortlessly cool, or are they simply too unkempt looking? Are you still on the ombre bandwagon or are you wishing for it to cease to exist?