Graduations of color have become part of the fashion and beauty landscape. In hairstyle, it began with the ombre trend, which offered dark to light transitions of color that felt soft, natural, and so cool. As the trend evolved so did the look and new terms, like “sombre” and “color melt” got banded about. But what do they mean and what is the differences of each trend and technique? Find out in the notes.

Parallels between the techniques:

– Low maintenance; colors can often be left to fade out naturally

– Versatile

– Works best on long, wavy, or curly hair(where the transition of color is more noticeable) but can work with shorter lengths too, especially for an edgy look

– Easy to change

– Can be dramatic, fashionable, edgy, or natural


Ombre’s Defining Qualities:

– Little to no highlights at the root

– Dark roots to light ends

– Goal is a natural-looking color graduation in natural tones; consequently, it’s long-lasting and low maintenance

– Typically consists of a base color, background color, and highlight color


Sombre’s Defining Qualities:

– Lighter, even softer version of ombre color graduations

– Highlights feather off the root, which is the key to making sombre the softest of these three trends

– Less dramatic contrast of colors creates a softer transition from dark to light

– Highlights frame the face then gradually feather away from the root to create a rounded color placement


Color Melt’s Defining Qualities:

– Melts together multiple shades; has to be made up of three or more colors

– Works both ways –– can go from dark to light or light to dark, it’s the melt and the soft contrast of color that is the key

– For the best blends, colors used should be in similar color families

– Colors are overlapped so they create a seamless, smooth and continuous flow

– You cant tell where one color begins and ends

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