The 90’s might be making a fashion comeback, but there’s one thing we hope stays in the past…chunky highlights. You remember, the kind our favorite pop stars rocked? That and butterfly clips (please don’t wear anything plastic in your hair!). Thankfully, we’ve refined the art of highlighting to natural, perfectly-blended color that looks kissed-by-the-sun. And of course ombré, the biggest breakthrough in highlights, has been making waves for years. But is ombré unlike it’s very distant relative, the chunky highlight, a hair trend that’s here to stay? We predict it is (at least for a while!) especially since it’s so natural looking and looks great on everyone. So ladies, grab your brushes. It’s time to ombré!
Look #1: The Golden Ombré
How To DIY
Haven’t rocked the ombré look yet? This classic ombré looks gorgeous on darker hair, plus it’s super simple to do. The darker you are, the more dramatic it will be.
Step #1: Select either a lighter shade of permanent hair color or a highlighting kit specifically designed for dark hair color (Try Hairpainting).
Step #2: Map out whether you want to see your long blonde steaks or a brush coating at the ends (typically, if you have long hair, you’ll want to start below mid hair shaft)
Step: #3: Apply color using a hair color brush (Pro Tip: Root Touch-Up already includes a brush and works for ombré too!)
Step #4: Next, apply your lighter hair in big sweeping brush strokes on the surface of the hair to avoid hair sticking together.
Step #5: Repeat until you have applied color to your desired strands.
Step #6: Set your timer for the time listed on the box.
Shades recommended for dark brown hair:
For lighter strands, use Nice’n Easy Highlighting Kit or Ultra Light Natural Blonde. If you want a warm golden ombré, try Nice’n Easy in Natural Light Golden Blonde.
Look #2: Curvy Red Ombré
How To DIY
Perfect for wavy hair that’s medium to light brown, this fiery contrast will help bring out the natural tones of your hair and highlight its natural texture.
Step #1: Choose the tone of red you want to see when your hair curves and bends. You can go up to 2 levels lighter than your starting color.
Step #2: Using a hair color brush, apply your permanent red shade on dry, curvy styled hair. Make sure to apply with large sweeping brush motions on the surface of the hair and detangle using your fingers.
Step #3: Repeat until all your desired strands are coated.
Step #4: Set your timer for the time listed on the box.
Nice’n Easy in Natural Radiant Auburn 6.5 R. If you’re feeling like a pro, lighten your hair first with Nice’n Easy Highlighting Kit. After you’re finished, apply Natural Instincts in Spiced Tea 16 to glaze the highlights.
Look #3: Kissed-by-the-Sun Ombré
How To DIY
Depending on your starting hair color, you may want to choose two slightly different shades to create a dark and light contrast. Use a slightly darker hair color for your root area and a lighter shade on your strands. If your hair is already a dark blonde or light brown, this look is perfect for you! Choose a shade for your roots that matches your current color just to give them a bit more shine and vibrancy.
Step #1: Apply the darker color to the root area using a hair color brush. We like Root Touch-Up
in Medium Brown 5.
Step #2: After applying, process your color for the time indicated on the box and rinse well.
Step #3: Blow dry or let your hair dry naturally.
Step #4: Using a hair color brush in a sweeping motion, apply the second lighter hair color on the surface of dry wavy hair. Select the areas you would like to lighten like around the face.
Step #5: Set your timer for the time indicated on the box. Check your hair color every 5 minutes until your desired blonde is reached.
For your base/roots: Root Touch-Up in Medium Brown 5.
For your lighter ombré pieces: Nice’n Easy Hairpainting Kit.