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Changing My Hair to Ombre: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week in Hairistocracy. Her latest hair obsession: ombre! 


Before (left) with a single color and after (right) with ombre hair.

About two weeks ago, I got the itch to seriously change up my style. Since I’m growing out my hair and that limits what I can do cut-wise, it dawned on me that it was finally time to change my color. I have never, I repeat never, dyed my hair before so this was a big step for me.

For my first dye job, I took my virgin locks to the swanky John Barrett salon on Fifth Avenue. I had decided beforehand that I wanted to try the ombre look (inspired by this photo of the gorgeous Lily Aldridge) and I credit the very talented Jason Dolan with my amazing results.

A close-up look at the color

Just in case you need a quick explanation, ombre (also called balayage) is a special technique where the colorist ditches the foils and instead paints the color directly onto strands of your hair. If done correctly, as mine is, the final effect looks like you’ve been growing out sun-kissed hair for several months. 

Since I didn’t have the first clue about the maintenance behind dyed hair, Dolan says that ombre is a perfect starting point. As it grows out, it continues to look very natural and it works for all hair lengths. Plus, if you’re timid about a drastic change, this style allows you to experiment without entirely changing your original color.

After living with the change for about a week now, I can honestly say that I’m loving the look. I still feel very much like a dark brunette, but with some lighter locks, I’m also having fun with a new caramel hue!

What do you think of my new style?

Recently dyed hair is especially delicate. Use Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil to keep hair protected from heat styling!

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