Thursday, May 17, 2012

Embracing Ombre

If you follow me on Facebook, you've already seen a few of these photos, but for those of you who haven't seen my new 'do, I thought I'd post a few pictures.  My hair color has been in constant flux for most of my life.  I started adding blonde highlights to my hair when I was a sophomore in high school and just kept adding until my second year in graduate school, at which point I was almost completely blonde.  Then I went for a drastic change and went super dark.  I liked it for a little bit, but once Matt and I got engaged, I migrated back towards blonde, as I always saw myself being a blonde bride.  I kept up with that color until this past year when I decided to tone down the blonde a bit, in favor of a more honey/caramel tone.  Then when internship started, I got crazy busy and didn't want to spend my precious weekends with Matt sitting in the salon chair.  So my roots grew out a bit.  And while it took some getting used to in the beginning, the more they grew out, the less they bothered me.  The ombre trend was big anyway, so I embraced it.  Prior to this year, the longest I'd gone between colors was three months, and I remember that being a major stretch for me.  But this time, I went eight months between color.  Eight months!  

So when I plopped down in my stylist's chair a few weekends ago, she couldn't believe that I had gone so long without color.  She assumed I'd gotten a touch up or two in my internship city, and she was shocked at how well the ombre worked for me.   So we decided to  keep the ombre, with a just a bit of warming up at my roots.  And I have to say, I really like the overall look.  Trend or no trend, I think the ombre is here to stay for me!

IMG 0569My lovely before picture.  PS: I should also note that I hadn't had a trim in over a year!  I know that's terrible, but once I stopped straightening my hair everyday, in favor of loose curls, the ends weren't nearly as noticeable.  Even my stylist was surprised it had been so long!

IMG 0575The midway point...always a glamourous look :)  As you can see in this photo, my stylist left most of my ends alone, to preserve the lighter, blonder highlights, working mostly on the roots.

IMG 0576The finished product!  I love that we kept the ombre, warming up my roots a bit and leaving the ends alone.  And of course, a good trim didn't hurt either :)

IMG 0578One of my favorite things about embracing ombre is the lower maintainance.  It's certainly not the main reason I'm embracing the multi-tone, but it's not a bad perk.  I spend less time and a lot less money at the salon, and overall, I think it's a much healthier look for me.  What do you think?  Are you loving the ombre?

PS: While we're on the subject of hair, don't forget to enter my Misikko giveaway!

10 comments:

Molly said...

Your hair is really pretty - AND I love your trench vest!!! super cute.

cheryl denise said...

Looks fabulous!!!

Nicole said...

It looks beautiful!

Ashley said...

Gorgeous!!

Dana Parcher said...

It looks great Allison!!

Sarah Aldinger said...

Super nice!

Sarah Aldinger said...

Really nice look! Very stylish

Miranda said...

Just signed up! Love the ombré locks!

Kelly said...

You're definitely able to rock the ombre look.

Diana Mathias said...

Love your hair!!!

Diana
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