A Gorgeous Sombre Hair Colour Tutorial By Aveda

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The ombre is officially over. Sad times, but we knew this day would come. However, before you look at your dip dyed hair in despair, this simple summer update is not far off what you already have. We’ve been keeping an eye out on this trend for a few months now and Sombre Hair is the the hair trend you NEED to try this summer. Read of to find out how to get sombre hair too.

The subtle change in the name is similar to the subtle change in hair. It’s ombre hair, as the name would suggest but the look is softer, more grown up and as an added bonus no visible regrowth. Meaning less time and money at the salon!

Jessca Alba, Lily James, Jessica Biel and Alexa Chung are all pioneers of this gorgeous sombre hair trend. The change is small but the effects are stunning. Hair simply looks like you’ve spent a few weeks on the beach, picking up natural, sunkissed highlights. There are no harsh lines and colour is gently lifted to just 1-2 shades lighter than your natural hair. This hair trend is ideal for those who couldn’t rock the ombre hair to work, this grown up version can literally be worn everywhere. Hence the appeal.

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I was lucky enough to get a preview at Aveda Flagship Salon in Covent Garden with head Colour Expert Bruno Elorrioroz. This master of colour says “This spring/summer Ombre hair colour is getting an update. The Sombre look is all about a softer version of Ombre - the appearance of dark roots is less harsh than before and colour is more seamlessly melted together. Going beyond balayage and working with more shades and tones throughout the hair to add dimension and texture. The key to achieving The Sombre is to use more colours; taking the darker hue found at the roots and subtly weaving it through the lengths of the hair to ultimately create less of an abrupt contrast from roots to ends."

The good news is that Sombre hair can work for anyone, including blondes, who previously were more excluded from the ombre trend. Bruno says "Use tones that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than the natural colour base for the most natural and complementary result for your skin tone."

I was lucky enough to test it out took my winter hair for a summery spin at Aveda. The subtle colour change is achieved using the Aveda Full Spectrum Colour System. Another added bonus is that it’s a 96% naturally-derived formula, that is completely customised for each and every for individual. This enables the talented Aveda Artists to create the most subtle (not to mention gorgeous) changes to hair colour with an innovative bleach free lifting crème, and 6 essential oils including sunflower, castor and jojoba infuse hair with a deep, rich shine. The natural formula really appeals to me, is gentler on the hair and there is no nasty ammonia whiff in sight (or smell).

I leave the salon with a subtle but sun kissed sheen to my naturally dark locks. Bruno’s almost magical skills with the colouring wand have left my hair infused with soft gold, honey and caramel shades that catch the light but melt seamlessly into my original hair colour with no visible lines. I’m hooked, sombre may not sound all that imposing, but we can safely agree it’s THE trend to follow this summer.

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