Even though ombré hair has been a popular trend for several years, it still remains one of the most current and in-demand colouring techniques in salons around the UK. It’s a pretty, sophisticated look - but the beauty of ombré is it’s a low-maintenance colour which is perfect if you’re always battling root regrowth.
What is ombré hair?
It’s a colouring technique which uses a soft graduation to create a two-tone, natural-looking effect, allowing you to leave your roots on show and not feel the need to dye them as frequently as you currently do.
What is reverse ombré?
Reverse ombré is where the darker colour is focused at the ends of your hair, gradually fading into a lighter shade towards the roots - unlike traditional ombré, where your roots are darker.
What’s the difference between ombré and balayage?
Ombré is a hair painting technique where your colourist keeps the hair darker from your roots to midshaft, and then lighter from the midshaft to the ends. It’s the perfect way for brunettes to transition into blonde or for women to rock a vibrant hair colour without it saturating their roots and possibly overpowering their skin tone.
Meanwhile, balayage is a soft, sun-kissed sweeping colour which goes from your roots to your ends, and can be freehand painted and blended from higher up to your roots and around your face. It’s technically a highlighting technique, but don’t confuse it with the foiled highlights of the past - nowadays, balayage has taken over the traditional foiled highlights as the new way to brighten and lighten your hair.
How to ombré your hair at home
Creating your own ombré effect at home can be a fun DIY project, but it's important to follow the right steps to achieve the desired look.
We don’t recommend brunettes doing their own ombréing as going from dark to light can be tricky, and we’d advise you to visit your stylist instead. However, if you have lighter hair, it’s possible to get a professional-looking ombré style at home.
Getting organised and knowing exactly what you’re doing is key, so don’t scrimp on the following steps.
Kit you’ll need for ombré colouring at home
The ombré technique
How long does it take to ombré hair?
If you’re going from dark to light, it really depends on your hair thickness and length - for mid-length brunette hair being professionally-dyed in a salon, it will take at least an hour and sometimes up to three if you have really long, thick hair. Dyeing blonde hair darker normally takes much less time, often just 15 - 20 minutes.
How often should you ombré your hair?
The great thing about ombré is that it’s low maintenance, so we would recommend three times a year - especially if you refresh the colour with a toning shampoo in between dyeing your hair.
How can I stop my ombré from fading?
To keep your blonde ombré fresh, our Violet Crush Purple Shampoo and Violet Crush Purple Conditioner, topped up with Violet Crush Intensive Purple Shampoo, will neutralise any brassiness that develops. These products work to neutralise any orange tones to keep your colour looking cool and ashy.
If you have a very dark base, try our Blue Crush range, which uses blue pigments to neutralise the brassier, coppery tones that can appear when darker hair is chemically-lightened.