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When ombre first came into style, one of the things it was touted as was a low maintenance replacement for traditional highlights, but at first, no one seemed to be testing the waters. Girls wearing the faded effect would still get regular touch ups, and the transition form dark to light stayed within a few inches of the root. This summer, however, I’ve seen a lot of girls letting their painted ends grow and lighten. The resulting looks have brightness and pop, not around the face, but near the edge. Showing off texture and diffusing weight, this grown-out dip dye has turned into its own trend. Read on for my professional tips on getting your own corona of light. –– Laura Martin

Tip: If you don’t have light ends, ask your colorist to lighten the first few inches of your hair using hand-painting or balayage. Go for a strong contrast. Since the tips of your hair lighten naturally over time a bolder look is needed to achieve a fashion effect.

Tip: If you have existing ombre, ask your colorist to paint a demi-permament tone over your roots to the mid lengths of your strands for a darker base that will allow the tips to pop.

Tip: If you have outgrown highlights or hand-painted ends get a glaze to refreshen shine and tone. A rich gold or soft red will give hair a sparkling, healthy finish.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.


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