When, in spring 2012, a client came to ARROJO and asked for “dark roots, bright ends” we knew that the ombre trend –– seen, up till then, on the runways and in editorial –– was trickling to the street. Although some were unsure what to call it, suddenly everyone wanted a soft graduation of color, traveling through the dark, and into the light. So we  started to post about it on Style Noted, using many of the terms that clients were using, so readers could quickly recognize the trend, and then discover what it meant to the pros. It worked. This post on Lily Aldridge’s gorgeous caramel color touch went straight to the top of the pops, and we’re still loving the color today…The dark to light ombre effect shows delicious depth and dimension, and the accent of graduated color is a brilliant way to spotlight the texture in any style. For the original tips on getting this look (it’s still wildly popular and trendy), click style notes.

Step: If hair color is naturally light, ask your colorist to darken your base. Then ask for painted-on highlights around the face, on the ends, and the back.

Step: Styling hair like this should be loose and easy. Create luster and shine, volume and fullness, by combining Styling Whip and Volume Foam roots to ends of damp, towel dried hair.

Step: Loose dry hair: Lift it off the root, push it around, from side to side, up and down. Create as much movement and texture as possible.

Step: When close to dry, create a center-part with comb.

Step: Wrap small sections of this hair around curling iron. Hold for a few seconds; release. Complete the process on both sides. Create kinks and kicks and flips in a flowing style.

Step: Use hands to gently push hair into desired shape. For extra hold and control, mist Holding Spray all over.


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