Ombre certainly has taken the hair-coloring world by storm, as is prominently evidenced by the number of head-turning ombre effects you might encounter during the course of a day’s time. With the introduction of ombre, the typical look was at first a bit more bold or obvious. Over time, and as women from a wider range of lifestyles and occupations have gotten onboard, there has been a lot of distinctive tweaking imparted to the basic ombre method of coloring hair, and what has resulted is a wider range of effects. Thankfully, those ombre wannabes whose taste or style borders more on the conservative or subtle hair statements now have more than a few ombre processes from which they can choose, to enjoy the look when they show up on the scene, without fear of creating one.
Rediscovering Balayage for Ombre and More
Among the most popular forms of ombre modifications has developed using balayage. Now, balayage has actually been around a while, but for some reason it is only now receiving the attention it deserves, in how it nicely advances the whole ombre thing. Balayage is the French way to express “to sweep” or “to paint,” and it imparts a much more natural look for highlights and manages to offer more time in between dye jobs, because of the way it creates regrowth lines that are not so noticeable. With true, authentic balayage, sectioned-off swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted with fingers or a paintbrush against a backing board with a solution that will lighten the hair. There is no foil or cap used in this process. Balayage is an optimum method of coloring your hair to brighten your skin.
How Color Works, in a Nutshell
Color is an odd beast, as you can take any single color, and by changing out any number of adjacent second colors, manage to fool the eyes into seeing an altogether different original color than the one you began with, even though you have not changed it. A paint chip that appears to be white in one setting can be morphed into gray, blue, yellow or another color, simply by the color it happens to be next to. This is one of the reasons why painting a home–and particularly the exterior–can be so tricky. It takes understanding how specific colors work together to be able to work colors, and thus achieve an amazing degree of influence over the final color that any object or surface will be perceived to be.
Choosing a hair color that will best brighten your face starts with determining your complementary colors. Complementary doesn’t mean the same, but rather the opposite. Visual enhancement for your skin comes from first finding out whether your skin has warm or cool undertones, and then selecting a hair color that is the opposite. In other words, you would want to find a cooler hair color for skin with warm undertones, and vice versa–for cool skin, choose a warm hair color.
The Final Frontier: Toner
The praises of toner just can not be stated enough, as it’s the toner that imparts the final color, and gives you or your stylist the ability to tweak the color to become exactly your ideal skin brightening dream. So, if the color you chose winds up making you look like you’re still celebrating Halloween, there’s plenty of hope. Find a good professional stylist to apply the right toner to complement your skin and give you that luminescent glow that is so compelling.