What is Sombre hair colour? March 1, 2016 06:00

The ombre backlash has started - we knew the day would come. But don't worry - the ombre hair trend isn't going to hair trend heaven quite yet, it's just going in a new direction, the next big thing is "Sombre hair".

Just as the name suggests - it's ombre hair, but softer (or more subtle).

Lots of celebrities have ditched the obvious ombre, and have opted for a grown out summer colour, a subtle graduation from roots to ends, a change that is so small but it still makes a big difference. We think Jessica Alba is the perfect example of this new trend - her colour looks slightly lighter and brighter at the ends.

The Sombre is having its moment - championed by celebs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cara Delevingne, we always see requests for hair like theirs and we've definitely seen a rise in clients asking for this type of colour

Who wouldn't want hair colour like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley?!

Traditional ombre - where the top of the hair is dark and the bottom is light, with slight blending between - has evolved into something much more subtle, blended and textured. Lighter pieces are being taken up higher, particularly around the face, and the lower lengths of the hair have ribbons of colour running through; it's a much more wearable, natural look and really enhances any natural texture and layering in the cut.

It's easier to wear than ombre so we've seen an increase of clients asking for it in the salon who might not have been brave enough to do the full ombre, or want to shake up their existing ombre look without leaving the trend altogether.

It's especially flattering for brunettes, adding soft gold, honey and caramel shades to lighten without the hassle of regrowth. It's kind of a more grown up version of ombre which can be too dramatic if you work in a more corporate environment. Think Lea Michele, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale as poster girls.