The Dos and Don’ts of Reverse Ombre Hair

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/12/2013 9:33:00 AM


click image to zoomWireImageCat Deeley arrives at the ELLE's 2nd Annual Women In Television Celebratory Dinner at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Ombre hair, where color transitions from dark on top to light at the bottom, is reversing itself as the temperatures warm up, says Marc Harris, owner of Marc Harris Salons in Boston. More women will begin switching up their hair color to an ombre style that’s light on top fading to dark at the bottom. This look is softer and more transitional. It provides a tonal harmony as opposed to the past ombre trend where the transition of color was stronger and there was a bolder color contrast.

According to Harris, reverse ombre hair complements the soft hues predicted for summer 2013 fashion and for those who like to experiment with beauty, he expects we’ll see this trend in unique palettes like pink/dusty rose, purple/pearl, blue/slate and orange/melon. For everyday hair, this looks best on women who use a natural palette for their hair’s color transition [such as: espresso to deep amber (brunettes), butter to vanilla (blondes) and auburn to copper tones (redheads)].

Here are Harris’ Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to reverse ombre:

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Use soft transitional toning.

For Blondes use a palette for such as butter/vanilla.

For natural brunettes use a natural palette such as deep amber/espresso.

For redheads use a natural palette of sunburn/copper.

Use unique trend palettes such as pink/dusty rose, purple/pearl, blue/slate orange/melon if you like to experiment with color.

Pick a shade that’s 3 to 4 shades darker than the natural hair.

Begin with the tips/ends of hair and leave the color on there the longest.



Use stark contrasting palettes.

Use colors that work in contrast to the natural skin tone.

Don’t think eye popping; think natural.

Ignore the condition and quality of the client’s hair.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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