om·bré

 

om·bré

n. A French term meaning “shaded.” Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric. Generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

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I received a text message yesterday from downtown stylist’s Allison Rutledge and Kathy Blanchard who had been working together on a project at the salon.  Ironically, I was writing a trend report a few hours earlier researching myself on a relatively new trend called Ombré Highlighting.

Now, we all know that trends in fashion are deviated from “what’s happening” in society.  Anytime there is a military conflict, militant fashion – camo, tweed, naval Pea Coats, heavy buttons, etc… – comes back into the mainstream.  Generally, hair is left out of the conversation because it’s often times considered an accessory to the look.  But this new trend is not.  It’s a little more than that.

Yes (or I should say, sie!), the economy isn’t great…but it seems to be getting better.  That doesn’t make it great by any means but thriftiness (a shout out to Ben Franklin, here) never goes out of style.

Ombré is a term used to identify graduation from dark to light (or vice versa).  Often times we see “grown out” highlights and cringe.  But this technique creates a softer, more natural look.  It’s also reflective, in my opinion, of the current state of the economy.  People want a polished yet thrifty image, plain and simple.  It’s new, unique and very natural looking.  As the hair grows out, style looks maintains its look — and what woman wouldn’t love that?

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