Ask The Experts: Ombre with a Difference May 20, 2019 17:17
Some trends come and go, but ombre is definitely here to stay. The idea behind the ombre trend is simple: hair is darker at the roots and becomes lighter at the ends, or vice versa.
It’s a gradient hair colour technique that became a staple in the hair world, and it’s clear why. Not only is ombre an easy look to pull off, but the colour possibilities are endless.
Known in the industry for her extensive background in training and education, as well as being a Master Stylist at Morgan & Morgan Hair Collective since 2001, Jennifer Morgan @jennifer.morgan.hair is the go-to girl with any colouring conundrum and her passion and skill set are enviable in the hairdressing community.
So in this blog we ask her to give you some ideas to get inspired with these ombre looks before your next visit!
FIREY RED OMBRE HAIR
There’s no doubt about it, this fiery red ombre makes a bold statement. Whether you’ve been rocking red hair ever since you can remember or are going red for the first time, it’s a great way to keep your look bright and vibrant. The last thing that you want when rocking red hair is dull colour. To keep your ombre red hair looking radiant for up to four weeks, use a sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner so you can show off your ombre red hair longer.
Want to step up your look beyond the traditional? Blonde ends are a fun complement to red hair. To get the look, ask your Morgan & Morgan colourist to keep your hair bright and bold red at the crown and go lighter on the bottom.
GOLDEN BLONDE OMBRE
A high contrast ombre doesn’t have to look harsh, and this hair colour is a perfect example. Ask your colourist to give you dark brunette roots at the top, then blend it into a golden blonde. If you’re a natural brunette who wants to go blonde but aren’t ready to go all the way, an ombré is a good option. Keep the ends of your hair from feeling dry by using a haircare system that’s rich in argan oil like a softening shampoo and conditioner.
GUNMETAL GREY OMBRE
An easy way to stand out from the crowd is with a gunmetal grey ombre. Cool brunettes can add a little bit of this ashy grey hue into their hair for a softer take on ombre hair with low contrast. To help your hair colour pop, try using a hair shine treatment as part of your styling routine.
ROSE GOLD OMBRE FOR BRUNETTES
Looking to play up your dark hair, but don’t want to go too bold? Ask your colourist to create a gradient by keeping the top of your hair dark and adding rose gold to your ends. You can also help keep your hair’s fly-aways under control and add shine throughout the day by using a multi-benefit hair treatment spray on damp or dry hair.
ASHY LIGHT BROWN OMBRE
Sometimes you may feel like your hair needs a refresh, but you aren’t exactly sure how to make it happen. Instead, try the cool side of the colour spectrum with this ashy light brown ombre. It’s a super-subtle way to show off natural light brown, but still lets you experiment with a different shade at the ends. Keeping your long hair looking sleek is the best way to show off this gradient, so you can help keep frizz under control with a smoothing shampoo and seal out humidity using a smoothing spray.
CHAMPAGNE BLONDE OMBRE
Maybe you’ve always wanted to trade in your brown hair for blonde but weren’t ready for the commitment. This champagne blonde ombré is a compromise worth trying. Not only is the hair colour a cooler shade of blonde that can look flattering on medium skin tones, but it’s also a good choice if you want to keep the lightening at a minimum since the blonde doesn’t go up to the roots. If you plan on using a curling iron, spray hair with a heat protection hairspray first to help it curl more easily.
OMBRE WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Do you love the look of highlights but want to keep them as far away from your roots as possible? Ask your colourist to add dimension to your ombre with highlights. It combines dark roots with lighter at the ends and uses face-framing highlights to brighten up the hair. Since the highlights start further down, it helps give your hair a more natural and sun-kissed effect. Bouncy, textured hair looks great with this colour, which you can create by using a texture treatment spray.
ICY BLONDE OMBRE
An icy blonde ombre is very eye-catching, and it’s easy to see why. This look involves a lot of contrast since it starts off with nearly black roots at the top, then transitions into ash brown in the middle and bright blonde at the ends. There’s a lot going on with this colour, but the shades blend into each other beautifully, so you won’t be able to tell where one colour begins and ends. Rest assured we will take great care of your hair with Bond Multiplication, a three-step system that can help your hair feel stronger which is important when lifting is involved.
Add some warmth to your hair with this mahogany ombre. It’s perfect for autumn and winter and can be exactly what you need if you want to go slightly lighter with your brunette hair at the ends. If one of your favourite things about this look is the shine, ask us about including a Shades EQ Gloss in your service. It’s demi-permanent which means that it gradually fades over the course of a few weeks so you won’t see harsh lines later down the line. Plus, it helps boost the shine and richness in your hair which is always a bonus.