Two-Tone Hair: Chic or No?

By  December 04, 2009

I, for one, didn’t see this trend coming, but hey—if it works for apparel…

ombre-hair

Apparently the ombre look is strutting right off the runway on onto the strands of the bold. Marie Robinson, celebrity colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown, briefly shares a few tips on this emerging trend:

Who can pull this off?
Teens and young fashionistas are perfect for this! It is also great for anyone in the arts/music industry.

Who should avoid this look?
Although the extreme color is beautiful, it is also a little distracting. Anyone that works in a corporate environment should avoid the look.

How do you get this look?

If you want to go for natural tones, then just lighten your mid-length and ends at least 3 shades lighter than your base. Then go back to your last 2-3 inches of hair and lighten again. If you want to make it a funky color, have your hair professionally bleached and tone with any desired pure pigment shade such as a Manic Panic Color. Apply shade at the bottom 2-3 inches and let process. Then dilute the remaining color with water and using your fingers work it into the mid-shaft.

Is it hard to maintain?
If you go for natural shades, the color looks better as it grows – so it’s very little maintenance! If you use a pure pigment color such as Manic Panic it will need to be refreshed every couple of weeks.

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xx, India-Jewel Jackson