Ombré : adjective shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color
We know it is not the newest trend in the hair world, but we find that it has stuck around much longer than originally anticipated. But will it really last?
It is definitely a common misconception that this term was recently created and is only applicable to hair. We have news for you. You have seen this graduation before in fashion, architecture, etc… but if you are like us, you just did not realize what you were seeing. Before it showed up on the pages of Glamour, we would not have had this fun little french word in our vocabulary as a means to describe!
Sarah Jessica Parker was the first time we distinctly remember seeing the trend. Well, at the time we weren’t seeing it at all. We were simply thinking (back in our simpleminded hair days)- “wow, only Carrie could pull off ridiculous roots like that”. But looking back, Carrie was setting yet another trend on Sex and the City. Slowly but surely, around the same time, you saw more reality-turned-celebrities and young Hollywood toying with their tresses. To this day, Lauren Conrad, originally of Laguna Beach/The Hills fame turned beauty icon has what we would consider to be borderline perfection Ombré.
Usually, this style is created with tones of the same general color. But like most trends, at some point they tend to become outrageous and exaggerated. This is usually a sure sign that it is inevitably being sent to the recycle bin. And if you are seeing what we are seeing, there are some super sassy and courageous types out there who are playing with an even wider array of Ombré. So that brings us to our originally question… will Ombré withstand the “test of trend”?
We think so! It wasn’t but a few short days ago that The Huffington Post polled it’s readers on Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Spring Do (http://www.stylelist.com/2012/04/18/gwyneth-paltrow-ombre-hair_n_1437220.html).
What we are seeing is a rather large community of subtle Ombré-ers. This look is gorgeous and tends to appear as less of an intentional opposition of color and more of a “my beautiful summer sun-kissed strands have just so happened to grow out perfectly”. This is the version we think will stick around. How can it not? Little girls on sandy beaches have been pulling this look off for years!