The ombre backlash has started - we knew the day would come. But don't worry - the ombre hair trend isn't going to hair trend heaven quite yet, it's just going in a new direction. According to our hair stylist insiders, the next big thing is "sombre hair".
Just as the name suggests - it's ombre hair, but softer (or more subtle).
Lots of celebrities have ditched the obvious ombre, and have opted for a grown out summer colour, a subtle graduation from roots to ends, a change that is so small but it still makes a big difference. We think Lily James (above) is the perfect example of this new trend - her colour looks slightly lighter and brighter at the ends.
"The sombre look is all about a softer version of ombre. The appearance of dark roots is less harsh than before and therefore colour is more seamlessly melted together. It goes beyond balayage and works with more shades and tones throughout the hair to add dimension and texture," says Bruno Elorrioroz, Aveda colour expert at the Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, Covent Garden.
"The key to achieving 'The Sombre' is to use more colours; taking the darker hue found at the roots and subtly weaving it through the lengths of the hair to ultimately create less of an abrupt contrast from roots to ends."
The sombre trend can work for anyone, and roots are kept natural for a low-maintenance appeal.
"Use tones that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than the natural colour base for the most natural and complementary result for your skintone," says Bruno.
The subtle shift in shades needed are created using the Aveda Full Spectrum colour system, a 96% naturally-derived formula completely customisable for each individual, and enabling Aveda Artists to create the tiniest tweaks in tone with an innovative lifting crème, whilst infusing hair with healthy-looking shine, powered by essential oils of sunflower, castor and jojoba.
While we think this look is PERFECT for low-maintenance blondes, it's especially flattering for brunettes, adding soft gold, honey and caramel shades to lighten their natural shade without the hassle of regrowth.
Right, we're off to book a hair appointment now…
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