To Ombré Or Not To Ombré
In case you’ve been living in a cave, you probably have heard of a trend called ombré. You can have ombré nails, ombre hair and even ombré wedding cakes. Ombré means, shaded or graduated color.
Typically for hair, this means you get lighter ends and it gradually gets darker closer to your roots. Colorists also use a techinique called balyage which means they highlight your hair strand by strand for a more “sun kissed” look.
I wanted to do something different with my hair (really smart before a wedding) and I needed to keep it long so I thought why not some ombré highlights! I literally decided on a whim to get my hair “ombréd” one night. I called around SF after doing some yelp research and found a person who could take me that night (WARNING – this is not a good sign!). I showed her a picture of what I wanted and 4 hours later I got to see my hair – it was orange!! I mean Riddler orange. I thought maybe it wasn’t so bad and I just passed out that night without freaking (it was 12 AM when my hair was done). Then, the next morning in broad daylight, it was worse than I thought. I freaked at the sight and had to find someone ASAP to fix it. Thankfully I did, and I ended up with something semi decent and normal (thank you Gary from Eclipse).
First Process (Bad news)
The correction Before and After:
During this process I learned a few things:
1) If you are going to get your hair colored or processed in any way – do your research. Get referrals from friends that have your type of hair. Blonde hair is not the same as Asian hair! Ombré is actually tough to do well – expect to pay around $150-$200 per session including tip. See if the salon also has before and after pics of their work (this is key)!
2) Bring pictures of the color you want – lots of them if you have it
3) Be patient – if a colorist is booked for a few weeks, wait – that is a good sign. It means they are good.
4) Never go to Amber from this Salon.
5) If you find a good colorist – let us know!