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Fall Color Trend: Ombre

October 25, 2010


If the word ombre doesn’t mean anything to you, get ready for a serious lesson in both French and fashion. In French, ombre means a dark-to-light fade of color. In Hollywood, that translates into something like this:

Ombre hair is a perfect example of this Fall’s grunge-glam trend – with darker roots and light ends, it’s sexy, edgy and incredibly low-maintenance. Generally, your hair’s ends should be about three shades lighter than the rest. Top colorists recommend the bayalage, or hair-painting, technique to get that perfect dark-to-light fade – bayalage lets your stylist color strands much more precisely than traditional foils.

Ombre may be a French word, but the California girls own this trend – Lauren Conrad, Kristen Cavallari and Whitney Port have all been spotted rocking this gorgeous, gradually-fading style. Rachel Bilson’s roots are some of the hottest in Hollywood for sure.

So, what do you think – classy or trashy? Is ombre hair in, or has Hollywood just gotten lazy?

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