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OMBRE ALL THE WAY

Friday, September 02, 2016

We know that it’s not easy deciding whether to colour your hair brown. So, the Mumbai Mix Team tells you how to make the ombre hair trend more fun to style with darker locks!

Ombre hair is one of the most popular trends this season as it makes its comeback — in fact, we’re already jumping on board! We spoke to Pinky Asnani, the owner of PAM Salon & Spa, to find out more about the trend, the styling options we can try and, most importantly, how to take care of your hair after getting it coloured. She tells us, “Ombre hair can be a great solution to your root re-growth problems and it’s also a low maintenance style since only your ends receive a shot of colour regularly, while the roots are left untouched.”

THE NERVOUS ‘BEFORE’ PHASE
When it comes to brown hair, Pinky explains that it is easier to achieve the ombre effect for dark brown hair, but you shouldn’t make your tips too light. If your hair is already light, it will need a little darker colour to get the right tone. While a more golden blonde and lighter chestnut brown are easier to achieve, one of the biggest mistakes seen with ombre is the brassy tint that happens as a result of using too much bleach. She gives us few more options to choose from.

Bronze vixen ombre
This involves dark brown hair that flows into a warm caramel brown. And, if you have good volume, this look is a real head-turner.

Contrasting ombre
To make a bold statement that is easy to maintain. This look is about medium brown hair flowing into bright blonde. It looks amazing in braids and updos.

Fire ombre
This look is not for the faint-hearted because bright copper fades into a beautiful coral. However, it will garner lots of attention everywhere you go.

Soft caramel dream
This will give you the ultimate beach look with its soft transition into caramel ombre. The colour is perfect for loose curls that can be donned in a corporate space as well as to an evening party and is, of course, perfect for a day at the beach!

Caramel highlight ombre
With these highlights, you can create a lot of texture closer to the ends of your hair, which looks amazing when it’s curled.

Intertwining mahogany
Mahogany is also a great colour for an ombre effect on brown hair. It’s not too bright, but can add a more mature tone to your style.

Blazing ombre
This will give your locks a more colourful look. Fiery copper warms up your face and adds a bright pop of colour to dark hair.

THE HAPPY ‘AFTER’ PHASE
Applying an ombre effect to your hair doesn’t cause any damage to your scalp, but excessive bleaching can damage your ends. And, if you choose to ignore it, your strands may end up looking dull and dry.

Here are a few essential ombre hair care tips that Pinky shares. Keep them in mind while maintaining your ombre hair.

Wash it twice or thrice every week
If you wash your hair every day or even every other day, it will strip your hair of its natural oils and make it appear too oily or too dry. Also, the ombre colour will fade much quicker. It is advisable to wash your hair no more than two or three times a week.

Keep it moisturised
Dyed hair strands can be dry and brittle and so, it is crucial to moisturise your hair regularly in order to keep it healthy. Applying conditioner to the ends and leaving it for two to five minutes helps more than rinsing it out immediately after applying it. You can also apply a hair mask once a week or consider using a hot oil treatment at least once a month. Coconut oil is one of the best moisturising hair treatments for all kinds of damaged and dry hair. 

Avoid heat styling tools
Yes, we understand how tempting blow dryers and curling and flat irons are, but you must also remember that they cause damage and can dry out your locks. When they’re used regularly, heat styling tools can make ombre hair look dull and unhealthy.

Lemon juice
Depending on the length of your hair, use the juice of one to three lemons to help blonde tips hold their colour for a little longer. Add a little bit of honey to the lemon juice — it will help to prevent hair damage and keep your locks moisturised.

Yes, it’s a little work to maintain those colourful locks, but aren’t those beautiful pictures and the time you spend in front of the mirror admiring yourself worth it all?
 

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