Stand back from the foil highlights, step away from the bleach, because, if you're looking to colour your hair, then you've got to try Ombré; the latest stage in the balayage trend. The technique has been around in hairdressing circles for years, pioneered first in France, then America, and it's spotted on some pretty famous heads including that of Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Bilson. So what is it? In terms of technique, it's where the colour is applied by hand instead of traditional foils or cap highlighting techniques. But in terms of look, it's light years away from traditional highlighting, giving a soft, sun-kissed look which adds depth to hair, creating an illusion of fullness. Not to be left out, British celebs have also plumped for ombre hair with the likes of Alexa Chung, Kate Beckinsale, and most recently, Caroline Flack when I saw her at the Benefit Mascarathon.
Some, like Caroline, have opted for a dramatic look when it comes to ombré; the dark glossy brown fading through to blonde tips. Others like model Giselle, have gone for a more natural look; more sun-kissed than Sun-In. And when it's combined with Aveda's latest hair colouring system, it makes for a natural combination. James Dun House in Glasgow is a salon which offers both.
It's what's called an Aveda Lifestyle salon, so pampering treats pepper any hair appointment. This includes a hand massage, a head, neck and shoulder massage and a makeup touch-up. It also means the salon uses, along with Aveda shampoos and conditioners, the new hair colouring system. Launched in 2012, it's called the Full Spectrum Protective Permanent Crème Hair Color and it takes over from the brand's 13-year-old colouring system, Full Spectrum Hair Colour. This latest system, launched in January 2012, boasts an incredible 96% naturally-derived ingredients. That means there's less damage to hair, but for good measure, Aveda has also added some organic conditioning oils including a blend of sunflower, castor, jojoba, coconut and babassu oils.
And with this system, traditional highlighting techniques go out of the window. Gone are those fake hair colour swatches, and in it's place is customised hair colour. As Creative Stylist, Colin O'Reilly puts it, this isn't painting by numbers. He says,
"We mix together different colours to come up with a unique colour for every customer, and really with the Aveda system, you can create any colour. Aveda is the only company to do this approach and the results are fantastic. There's different bases, pure pigments and pure tones and for each customer we blend different colours and different amounts and so that's why the result is always different."
A personalised, customised hair colouring system, almost entirely made from natural ingredients? Sounds impressive doesn't it. So let's have a look at how Colin uses it on my hair.
Read more about Ombré Hair by Aveda at James Dun's House Glasgow