Defend the Trend

Defend the Trend: Ombré

If you missed the boat the first time, you’re in luck because the ombré trend is back (with much more sass). I’m the girl who experimented with every horrible hair color in high school, which eventually left me with the most damaged hair ever. You can imagine my reluctance to do anything crazy with my hair. It’s been the same for a long time; chocolate brown. My sister (who works as a hair stylist) is always on my case about doing something fun and when she discovered a few strands of grey in my hair – I obliged (OMG I HAVE GREY HAIR). I wish I had something better to show you but here is the only picture I have:


After strolling around with my new and oh-so-trendy hair, I started noticing that everyone around me was also sporting a form of ombré as well. I lay in bed that night wondering if I’d become a slave to trends and that people would think I was a bandwagon-jumper (I quickly dismissed the thought because it was just plain silly).

Aside from the typical style of ombré (hair lightening gradually), there is so much rainbow ombré happening that looks super bold and so fun.

Rainbow Ombre

Now that is just too bold for me, however, the last time I was at a salon I was introduced to a product called Color Bug. It is essentially chalk that you brush into your hair. The stylist showed me how it worked and for an evening, I looked like a rockstar with pink ombré hair. The downside to this was the fact that I had more chalk on my shoulders than in my hair at the end of the night.

Hair isn’t the only place that ombré is having a moment. Check out these other interesting ideas for graduating colours from light to dark (or vice versa).



Umm.. this is just the prettiest thing to look at and I think it is one of the most creative ideas. Having an ombré cake for a wedding (as an example) is a great way to take the pressure off getting the color scheme to match/making it too match-y. One of the most overrated concepts is keeping colors the exact same; I like a little imperfection. It is also a style that is non-traditional and adds even more to the cake. The presentation is awesome, but it’s the gradual darkening of the colors that makes you really admire and appreciate the hard work that must have gone into making a cake like this.

Nails Ombré

If you are looking for nail inspiration, look no further than the Nails of the Day section of the site. There are so many incredibly talented people mastering nail art – it is insane. A nail art trend that I’ve been seeing is ombré. Some stick to one finger while others use all five fingers (thumb is the lightest and pinky is the darkest). It looks like it takes a lot of patience to master this form of nail art – if you try it, I would love to see your photos!

Ombré on the Runway:
Image via Trend Fashion Style

Also known as “dip-dyed”, this trend is all over the runway for Spring. It is a very bold look to wear but with all the fun colors, I think it’s well worth it. If you aren’t into the color, I’ve seen the chambray shirt dip-dyed as well – plus there are awesome DIY tutorials to help you create the look at home!

Is ombré passé? Talk to me in the comments!


  • Libby Hagedon

    I want to say yes and no. I jumped on the ombre hair trend about 3 months ago when I wanted something “different,” and went from a beachy blonde to a brunette with light tips. It was fun and a good change for a while, but after a few months, I started to feel a little too trendy and a little less stylish. I usually work from home so I wasn’t too concerned with the way it looked professionally, it just looked fun. But recently, I had to go into the office for a big meeting, and I didn’t feel so secure with the dipped tips. I just didn’t feel like myself – and immediately went to the salon (fyi, highlights are the best way to transition out of an ombre). I love it on nails and clothes and that delicious looking cake, but unless it’s wear and wash color like the color bug, I don’t think I’ll take the foray into ombre on my tresses again.

  • Rachel L. Ritter

    I love the ombre style now. It’s a good solution for those of us who have darker hair & have lightened it in the past. Back in the day while growing out bleached hair it was embarrassing to have your roots show. Now it’s pretty and makes it less stressful when you don’t go rushing out every month or so to get your roots redone. Great post!

  • Rebecca Koops

    I have naturally red hair and I wanted to get the ombre from red to blonde tips. I got it done at a professional salon and I loved it. I figured it was a look that I could keep without having to constantly touch it up because the blonde was only at my ends. Months went by and I noticed that my hair was not getting any longer, and the amount of blonde seemed to be less and less. Really it was my ends breaking off. The damage from the color/bleach was SO bad that my hair was just breaking off more and more every day. I eventually had to cut my long beautiful hair into this short sad mess. I am still trying to grow out my hair. I can no longer use any hot tools on my hair in fear I will just keep damaging it. I will never color my hair again! Worst experience ever!

  • Kate Palfreyman

    I first dip-dyed my hair 2 years ago and I can’t imagine having it any other way now, however it really does ruin your ends! You just have to be really careful with it, never bleach over hair that is already coloured or lightened (especially if you’re re-doing a dip-dye) wait for those sections to grow out or trim them off. Moroccan oil is really good for protecting the ends once their bleached and I always use a finishing cream to stop it looking tatty.

  • Berit Belén Johnson

    I have naturally coppery blonde hair and have been dying it pretty platinum from a box (the horror!) for the past few years. After coming to the conclusion that dying from a box blows and that I can’t afford salon dyed upkeep, ombre seemed to be the best solution and I really couldn’t be happier. I’ve just let the top grow out and had the salon even out the middle section and the tips are just what had been dyed forever ago. Mines relatively subtle, but it’s cheaper, healthier on my hair, and I think it looks super great!

  • Caite Delorme

    A couple months ago I saw a few videos online about ombre and after doing a couple weeks of research I decided to try it. Having chestnut brown hair I figured I’d try doing my ends a dark blonde.. Didn’t like the look of it so I got some purple hair dye and dyed over it. I LOVE IT!!! I’ve only had to touch it up once in three months. Its just enough that if I wear it down you can notice it but if I put it up in a bun you cant tell. I dont think I’ll ever not have purple in my hair. Its also opened up a LOT of convo’s about funky colored hair with random people (I love talking to random people so this is awesome for me) All in all I dont feel like I’ve jumped on a bandwagon because there are so many different ways to do your hair with the ombre or colored ombre :-)

  • Caite Delorme

    Also ombre nails is also much easier than it looks keyword makeup sponge 😉

  • Shawn Kathleen

    I don’t care if it is passé or not, I LOVE IT!!

  • Miranda Loyer

    I think the ombre trend really depends on how dramatic it is. Some of the ombre that celebrities are rocking is a little too much (dark brown with platinum ends), but I think if it is subtle, it can look really pretty. I recently had mine done by my stylist and I adore it. She said that it is an easy way for dark haired girls to get a new look, without having to deal with all of the upkeep.

  • Elizabeth Lovell

    Ombre isn’t going away! When done correctly, it’s super natural. Look at a child’s hair — natural hair is always lighter on the ends because it’s been there the longest & had the most sun exposure. I think the next wave of the trend is going to be a little more natural…I hope!

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