We’ve seen this trend take over Hollywood, with starlets including Miley Cyrus, Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Beil sporting two-toned locks. The dip-dyed look also graced the catwalk in Prada’s fall 2012 show, making it a definite trend on the fashion scene. The look involves dark roots and light ends, usually done with blonde and brown shades, but more adventurous individuals combine a natural-tone hair colour with a bright colour like pink, blue or green. For instance, designers such as Proenza Schouler have styled their models with colourful tresses in recent catwalk shows.
This Fashionista executes the ombre movement flawlessly. She also pulls off a heavy front fringe and desirable burgundy lipstick effortlessly. The overall look is a classic and stylish way to embrace the Melbourne cold. But how can you get it? Well there are a few ways.
First off, if you dye your hair a lighter shade than your natural colour; grow it out. The longer you let your roots become, the more the Ombre fashion will appear evident. Second, if you have dark hair, you can visit your salon, asking for your ends to be tinted to your preference of blonde. I recommend choosing a shade that will blend well with your top colour. Like this Fashionista displays, a chestnut brunette can easily pull off dark golden ends. Now the hard part: for those of us with naturally light hair, we have two choices; we can sport the look in reverse, which was also prevalent in Prada’s fall 2012 show, by dyeing our ends darker. This look is less natural and will be more obvious to the passing eye. Try sticking to the general rule; dyeing within two shades of your natural colour. Our second option is to first of all dye our hair a dark colour and then tinting or dip-dyeing the ends. If you choose to go with this, make sure you give your hair about a week between dyes so not so much stress is put on the hair follicles, which causes breakage and can also interfere with the result of colours put over the top.
If you choose to do all the dyeing at home, make sure you follow the hair care instructions of the dye packaging carefully. There are some beautiful home-dye colours available on today’s market. For this trend I specifically like John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour in Brilliant Brunette- Deep Brown-Black, Clairol’s Colour Blend Foam in Medium Golden Brown and Atlantis Watercolour in Light Copper Brown for the darker tones and John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour in Dark Natural Blonde, Clairol’s Colour Blend Foam in Medium Ash Blonde, and Atlantis Watercolour in Golden Blonde for the lighter tinge for the ends. Remember the idea is to create a natural and luminous blend, so I recommend comparing how well the light colour with blend in with the dark colour before choosing it. The Atlantis products are available for purchase from the store website, John Frieda and Clairol products are available for purchase in major grocery stores and pharmacies and often on EBay. So why not break out of your solid hair colour and try this very fashionable new style.