HOW-TO: Subtly Blended "Sombre" -- The Softer Side of Ombre

By Lauren Salapatek | 04/10/2014 3:35:00 PM


Hair Colorist Jordin Christen recently submitted this subtly blended "sombre" technique to MODERN's hastag #hairdressermagic

A lighter take on hair color, Christen predicts that "sombre", which incorporates lightened tips and darker roots (in a subtle way) will be the trend for summer 2014. Here, she shows us a newer version of ombre with a softer color gradient.

"This look is inspired by the warm weather and sun," says Christen. "I wanted to give her a natural beachy blonde as if her hair were naturally kissed by the sun, complete with the perfect beach waves."

STEP #1: "To get this dimensional blended ombré look I weaved a very small triangular section in the front bang area with 20-volume lightener to get that perfect pop of blonde."

STEP #2: On the front side sections I teased a few partings to ensure there would be no harsh lines. Using the side of the color brush, I painted the mids to ends of the hair with the same lightener.

STEP #3: "To get her warm brown base, I used Davines mask color in 6N with 20-volume and applied from roots to midlengths. I pulled it through the top diamond section of her hair with side strokes of the brush again to create a blend with no harsh lines."

STEP #4: "Finally, I finished the color by balayaging the top layers with the lightener."

STEP #5: "To style, I blow dryed with ColorProof PlushLocks Leave-in Smooth, ColorProof HeatProof Anti-Frizz Blow Dry Crème and shine oil.

STEP #6: I finished by curling big sections with a 1-1/4 inch curling iron and hairspray.

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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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