Are you a good candidate for ombre hair? Experts explain what it is, who it looks best on, and how to maintain the color for long-lasting results. 

By Deanna Pai
June 14, 2017

If there were a popularity contest for hair color techniques, ombré would win by a landslide. There’s a reason that ombré hair—which, by definition, is a gradation of hair color from dark on top to light at the ends—is such a fan-favorite among just about everyone. Not only does it look natural (as though you just spent a summer outdoors, where the sun could temporarily lighten your hair), but it’s also low-maintenance. Since the gradient only begins partly down the lengths of your hair, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your roots.

Still, you’re coloring your hair, which means you should be taking some precautions to keep your strands healthy and strong. Ombré is only relatively easy on hair and, if you want to lighten your hair more than a few shades, it requires the same sort of care and preparation as any other color treatment. Consider this your how-to for getting—and taking care of—ombré hair.

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