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There is a Hair Color Revolution Taking Place

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The ombré had a good run but now, people are ready to move on. The new hair trend is a similar to both the ombré and balayage techniques however, there is a huge difference that you will want to know before finding a stylist to give you this new look.

Hair color trends come and go, and there is a hair color revolution taking place. The dissolution of the ombré  was inevitable. Say hello to the tortoiseshell. With smooth caramel tones, the tortoiseshell technique is a slightly richer and darker version of your natural color combined with caramel highlights and a whole lot of shine. The color tends to be darker at the roots and lighter at the ends. Think of it as a much more sophisticated version of the ombré. Pop some balayage highlights on top of this rich shade and and some extreme shine to reflect the light and embellish the color to give a much more multidimensional, bombshell look.

There’s a reason people flock to this new look: It’s subtle and flattering, and there’s a version for every hair type, length and skin-tone.  As with most colored hair, we’ve seen a lot of good and a lot of bad especially with the ombré. Here are some rules to follow when trying this new technique.

  1. BRASSYStay Away From Brassy. One of the biggest mistakes we see with the tortoiseshell is a brassy tint. This is due to using bleach on dark hair that has warm undertones. The result is an undesirable orange-y shade.  An experience stylist will generally know to follow up bleaching or highlighting with a corrective toner to remove the orange and yellow tones.
  2. Condition With Moisture and Protein. Getting the tortoiseshell look involves using bleach to lighten and remove pigment, which is a far more damaging color process than using permanent color to darken hair. It also focuses on the lengths and ends of hair, which are more easily damaged than newer growth closer to the roots. It is wise to get a trim just before or after the tortoiseshell, especially if you have long or dry hair. To avoid new and worsening split ends. Always use a color-safe deep conditioner with keratin protein at least once a week to keep hair nourished and soft to the touch.
  3. LINEStay Away From Lines. A harsh line of demarcation where the hair goes from dark to light is never a good look. It looks fake, whereas the tortoiseshell should look natural and sun-kissed, rather than an obvious highlight. Experienced stylists use a hand-painting technique, foils and angle the strands to evenly distribute and blend the lighter pieces and rub the color upward into the hair for a subtle gradient effect.
  4. Not Too Much Drama. If you’re thinking about the tortoiseshell, consider your natural hair color. If you have super-dark brown or black hair, your tortoiseshell should not be much lighter than a soft medium to light brown. But if you have dark blonde or light brown hair to begin with, you can go much lighter towards the ends of hair if you so desire. As a general rule, the lighter your hair is, the lighter your tortoiseshell can go. Going from dark brown to light blonde doesn’t look subtle or sun-kissed, it just looks like your fake blonde grew out.
  5. EXTREMETrust a Professional Stylist. Unless you can afford twice the price to fix your DIY home job, color processes involving bleach are best left to the professionals. There’s just so much that can go wrong, especially if you’re trying to dramatically lighten very dark hair. An experienced stylist will also know where to place the highlights for the most flattering look for you, which may not be exactly the same as what’s most flattering in the pictures that you see of yur favorite celebrities.

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