Post # 1
I have very fair skin and dark brown hair and am honestly super tired of the “Snow White” look and want a change. I want to try some subtle ombre/balayage look that goes from a light brown or very dark blonde to blonde. Maybe something like one of the pics below. I know the process itself will likely be pretty involved and the upkeep might be a nightmare, so wanted to see if any of you our there had done something similar and whether you love it/regret it.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
I’m not a fan of ombre, to me it looks like people just let their roots grow out. And as soon as your hair does grow out you’re going to have three stripes and just seems to me to be way more effort than just having a nice dye job that isn’t a flat color. But I think especially if you’re already fair skinned, going lighter would look good.
Post # 3
I went from very dark brown to blonde for about a year. The process didn’t take as long as I expected. I found someone who was very skilled to facilitate the transformation. I was very particular about the shade of blonde. I didn’t want to look like a skunk, didn’t want it to be brassy, and didn’t want it to look fake. I think my colorist did a phenomenal job.
However, the upkeep was expensive. I went in for root touch ups about once a month, and every other month we did a highlight/lowlight. I also had to dye my eyebrows! The worst part was the condition of my hair. I had some major (for me anyhow) breakage. I did like how it dried my hair out a bit and I could skip a day washing.
ETA: Sometimes, blondes really do have more fun. I never got hit on more in my entire life!
Post # 4
If you’re willing to put in the maintenance I’d say go for it. Although I personally would say try the ombre with your natural color at the top, as it would be soo much easier to maintain. When done right I don’t think ombre looks like roots grown out at all, but it needs someone to do it correctly. I love mine and have had it for a while.
Post # 5
I have seen that look so pretty, esp if it’s subtle:-) I think it would be great with fair skin, a darkish honey blonde maybe. I couldn’t carry ombré off ( my hair is pretty light blonde and too fine, it would just look dirty lol) but I wish I could!
Post # 6
I would suggest that you proceed carefully, with the philosophy that less is more.
Making permanent changes to your hair color (anything that involves lightening is not temporary — the lightened hair must be grown out, cut out, or colored over) can be very dramatic as well as time consuming and very expensive to maintain.
I, too, had the “Snow White” look naturally, but I didn’t experiment with hair color until I started having to do so to cover my increasing gray.
You will get much of the look you’re going for simply by adding some beautiful caramel-colored highlights to your dark hair. Over time, as you have your highlights re-done to address regrowth (about every 12-18 weeks), you’ll find that your overall color will appear to be lighter, since some of the new highlights will be on top of your previously untouched dark hair, while others are on top of the older highlights. In fact, mine became so much lighter over time that I now have highlights and lowlights to maintain the overall darker tones that I have discovered that I missed when my hair became too light.
Baylayage is a hand-painting technique, but it doesn’t need to involve large sections of the hair. In fact, what’s great about it is that a stylist can use it for a very subtle effect as well. In my case, I get foil highlights and lowlights throughout my hair, with more on the top layers, and, most of the time, I’ve been pleased with the results.
Post # 7
TheGridMonster: My mom had dark hair and went blonder and blonder over the course of a few years. Her changes in color started off to cover up gray hairs. Now that she has hit 50 she’s getting gray hairs in earnest, but she has been a pretty light ash blonde for over a decade so the grays fit right in.
I honestly love balayage and I’m not at at all a fan of ombre. I think ombre will look dated in 10 years, but balayage has been around since the 70’s. “Sombre” or soft ombre would be the way to go if you want ombre.
I agree with Brielle that you’ll want to take it slow and gradually get lighter. I have seen many friends mess up their hair by going too fast and ending up with the wrong color, even if they went to a salon. Addtionally, coloring your hair will damage it and you don’t want to do too much at once. If you go to the right stylist he/she can take you very blonde over the course of several months.
I also think that if you’re doing anything involved, such as highlights, ombre, balayage, etc. you’ll have to go to the salon for upkeep. You might be able to stretch it out for a few weeks with balayage and ombre since you might not mind the roots growing out, but you’ll still have to go to the salon for upkeep.
Overall I would say take it slow and, as a result, don’t do this on a whim.