om·bré adj ˈäm-ˌbrā: having colors or tones that shade into each other — used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.
But don’t you mean “used especially of hair stylists” Merriam-Webster? The ombre hair trend may not be new but it seems to be taking over again and again. And with a new dying technique we’re smitten with here at the Aviary, it seems to be taking over one more time.
The soft and subtle (or bold) look of ombre hair typically refers to where the hair is darker at the root and fades into lighter and brighter highlights though there are countless variations of this. There’s reverse ombre (lighter and brighter fading to darker) as well as more adventures ombre feats including every color from cotton candy to rainbow (white blonde to pale pink please). And from the runway to the line at the local coffee shop we’ve been seeing a lot of ombre lately and we realize there is a right and wrong way to go about it. The key is figuring out what’s right for you, your complexion, and overall look. After all, why not go for it? The trend is the simplest of upkeep and the envy of everyone in line behind you.
As for the new dying technique that renewed our love of the style, it’s called balayage. Though commonly referred to as “hair painting”, the word balayage actually translates to “sweeping” and that’s exactly what it is. Instead of messy, constricting foils, the balayage technique creates a natural sun-kissed look from literally sweeping the color onto the hair. The technique gives the stylist a lot of freedom and flexibility (balayage is considered a speciality technique) but also a lot of control.
So tuck away your ombre nail polish, tights, and trousers and welcome the oncoming fall season with some warm, sun kissed hair. We look forward to helping you find your dreamy shade(s).