Seeing in Color: Arianna’s Venture into Ombre

Thursday, 29 May 2014 by Guest Blogger

Once I got my hair to a healthy place, I started thinking about trying color again. But I avoided it for three main reasons: First, I was scared any chemicals, especially highlights, would take my hair back to its previous limp, dead state. Second, I was traumatized by old photos of a young Arianna with blonde highlights she thought were cute but were actually way too blonde. Lastly, I have a hard time keeping track of my calendar as it is, so going to the salon regularly for touch-ups was not happening. (And, let’s face it: Color upkeep isn’t cheap.)

But there was one hair trend that captured my attention for about a year: Ombré, which leaves the roots natural and brings in color at the bottom. It looks great on starlets like Lauren Conrad, Rihanna, and Khloe Kardashian, and I loved the idea of not having to go to the salon every month. But I wasn’t sure how well ombré would work on curly hair, and I only came across a few curly girls on Pinterest who’d tried it.

So I went to Ouidad’s 57th Street salon to try it myself. I had an appointment with Melissa (who I highly recommend! Super sweet, honest and helpful—I’ll be sharing some of her tips in blog posts to come), a color specialist who reassured me that ombré wouldn’t harm my hair as long as I took care of it properly and didn’t try to keep piling color on top of color. We decided to go with a warm brown, and since it was my first time attempting the trend, we went subtle.

You’ve seen the before photo: 


Now, here’s the after:


At first, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for a little more drama, but since my hair is naturally really dark and ombre doesn’t show up quite the same way on curly hair, it wasn’t as noticeable. But the longer I’ve had it, the more I like the slight pop it adds to my curls. Melissa told me that the summer sun will lighten it up, and my next product purchase will be Ouidad’s Color Sense Shampoo and Conditioner, to preserve my new shade. I also got a cut because, as I mentioned, I tend to forget when I’m in need of salon visits. I was more than a few months overdue for a trim, but it was a reminder for us all: Regular cuts help fight frizz!

What do you think? Do you like the ombré look on curly hair? Should I go back to Melissa for round two to go even lighter? The jury is still out.

Here’s to keeping up with the curls!

xo Arianna

PS: I’ve loved all your questions and comments, so keep them coming! I’ll be sharing my personal tips (and asking Ouidad stylists for there’s!) in upcoming posts. 

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17 Comments for “Seeing in Color: Arianna’s Venture into Ombre”

  1. 1Dee

    I love the subtle color choice and agree it will lighten as we move through the warmer months. I think it blends nicely with your skin and hair tones! Maybe I will consider it next year :)

  2. 2Lynnette Iverson

    I think it’s beautiful and I wouldn’t change it at all!!! The color works with your skin and hair color and enhances everything very well! It’s subtle but really that’s how it should be in my opinion – it’s looks more natural and not so obvious that it’s a “dye job”- I love it.

  3. 3Jo Ann Solano

    I have been a ouidad client for years. They are the best. I like your hair. Looks natural. I am a senior citizen but will definitely ask about this option for me.

  4. 4Ailsa emmel

    I love it. It’s so hard to go lighter when you have darker hair. I might consider this look after seeing how lovely it looks on you.

  5. 5Arena

    I think it looks perfect!

  6. 6Rebecca

    Looks absolutely gorgeous! I have very similar hair and new to make my curls pop. How long does Ombré last? I’m also afraid of the expense and need to know a toy grey coverage. You look beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  7. 7Amory

    My twin daughters Arianna and Drianna wants to put a color in their hair and I am a little scared. Their hair is curly with very tight curls and they also once went to Quidad at 57th street a few years back. Maybe I might give this hair color a try.

  8. 8Dana Khan

    This is the best ombre I have seen. Honestly I have never understood the ombre look but on you I get it. It looks Fabulous and now I totally get it. LOVE the haircut as well.

  9. 9Karen

    Love the ombre Arianna. Don’t go lighter!

  10. 10Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you Karen!

  11. 11Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Wow thank you Dana! Melissa did a wonderful job. :-)

  12. 12Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Amory! It’s definitely great to start off subtle if you are new to color. So funny one of your twins is named Arianna too!

  13. 13Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Rebecca! Ombre can last 4-6 months without having to touch-up since it is concentrated away from the scalp towards the bottom of the hair. If grey is your concern though you will have to touch up your base color at the root as usual.

  14. 14Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you Ailsa! :-)

  15. 15Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you Jo Ann! You should definitely consider it, I love it!

  16. 16Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thanks so much Lynnette! I am loving it now :-)

  17. 17Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Dee! Thank you :-)

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