Ombre is from the french word meaning shaded or shading. Typically the color starts darker at the roots to mid-shaft then gradually gets lighter from mid-shaft to ends. Ombre is great for low maintenance and a more worn in color.
Sombre is just as the name suggests, a softer, more subtle ombre. This color trend is a great for someone who doesn't love the contrast of an extreme ombre but still wants low maintenance color. Using the balayage or color melting technique is a great way to achieve sombre color.
Balayage is a french word meaning to sweep or to paint. A technique that creates a natural sun kissed look, almost to mimic what nature gives us as children. Balayage is open-air processing and can be used with saran wrap and/or cotton instead of the traditional foiling method. This technique is great for someone looking for a low maintenance and less noticable grow out. This technique is not for someone wanting to go a lot lighter from their natural color or trying to lift through pre-existing hair dye.
Color Melting is one of the best ways to create that really natural blend with extreme results. This technique is used mostly on people who are trying to lift 4+ levels from their natural or pre-existing hair color. Teasing is involved to smooth the transition and put into a foil to help heat up the process of lifting to get the desired lightness.
Both are great techniques and can create various results. They can create ombre, sombre, highlights all the way to the root, or even going dark to create dimension. I analyze the hair and will take into account what the client is asking for, then customize the technique for each person.
Bright colors are always a fun way to get creative with your hair. There are many different options when it comes to the intensity of the color and fading process. Some colors can be hard to maintain and some will last forever. Pastel toners are my favorite and a great way to have fun with the color but not compromise the overall integrity of the hair.
I love to play around with haircolor but throughout the years I have limited what I am willing to do when it comes to permanent stains. If you are looking for bold colors you need to take into consideration the maintenance , damage, and process to get that color out of the hair. If this is something you are interested in, a color consultation will be necessary.
A great haircut is the foundation of any style, color, and overall look of the hair. When deciding what is the best cut for you, I will look at your face shape to figure out what to accentuate and how to create illusions where I want them. Haircuts can make or break your look in my opinion, so be bold, and have fun!