Hair Care

By Lauren Sigmon

What do you get when you take the popular ombré trend down a notch? According to top hair stylists, you get its chicer, subtler sister sombré, otherwise known as the hottest new look in hair.

Unlike ombré, the sombré coloring technique allows for a softer, more natural diffusion of color, making it a stylish look that nearly everyone can pull off.

Here’s what the pros are saying about the new trend.

What are the key tips to sporting the sombré look?
George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Stylist and Colorist: It should have a soft, sun kissed effect and a variation of light and dark hair. The ideal sombré has soft delicate highlights at the root area that gradually get lighter at the ends. All the ends of the hair should not look dip dyed, instead there should be pieces of lightness and darkness mixed together with more of the darker color at the root area.

To get the look, try L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Ombre Touch, available at drugstore.com.

What type of hair wears sombré best?
Chaz Dean, International Hair Expert and Creator of WEN: Sombré is pulled off best on longer hair, because the color needs to flow and blend into the base hair color, which isn’t easy to do with shorter styles without looking choppy and color-blocked.

What are your tips for maintaining the look at home?
Joel Warren, Master Colorist and Co-Founder of Warren-Tricomi Salons: As with all color, I recommend using color treated shampoo and conditioner. A salon or at-home glaze is also helpful a month or two after coloring to help preserve the hair’s shine, which in turn enhanced the color.

To maintain your look, try Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner, available at Sephora, and Biolage Hydrasource Hydra-Seal Spray, available at http://www.Matrix.com.

And finally, which celebrities sport this look best?
GP: I’ve personally done this look on Jenna Dewan Tatum, Nicole Scherzinger, and Minka Kelly. Jessica Biel rocks this look perfectly also.
JW: Recently I’ve seen some great sombré on Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba
CD: Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Biel are two celebrities who I’ve seen wear the trend beautifully and effortlessly. Each one has dramatic color at the ends and the front, but it’s done in a way that is subtle so the color naturally blends with the rest of the hair.

Originally published August 2014
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