Guest Post by Lesley Sampson ~

Everywhere I look at the moment I’m seeing people with dip dyed hair. I don’t mean that trend that was popular a few years ago when girls had a strip of pink across the bottom of their tresses, I mean the more tonal, subtle look that is currently doing the rounds. But instead of thinking everyone is going a bit overboard with the look, I’ve decided I want it for myself!
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If you’re not sure what I’m talking about then check out a few pictures of Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack. She’s been working the dip-dyed look for a while now and I think it really suits her. Her hair goes from brown to a warm honey blonde and perfectly complements her beachy, casual waves. Other stars who have been sporting the look include Rachel Bilson, Stacey Solomon, Nicola Roberts, Drew Barrymore… in fact… pretty much everyone.

But (yes… there is a but) I don’t think this is a look that suits everyone. So the question if you’re thinking of working it is, will it suit you? Here’s a quick checklist I’ve come up with so you can see if you can work the look or should leave well alone.

 

The first thing to ask yourself is: Is my hair too curly? Although the dip dyed look (or ombre to use its proper name) looks great on tousled hair it doesn’t work so well if you have curly hair because the graduated colour does not look as effective. The grading will be lost in the curls and the look just won’t be as effective.

Another thing you will have to consider is layers.

The problem with the dip dyed look is that is doesn’t work as well if you have lots of layers in your hair. Just like with curls, the different shades of colour will be lost if there is too much shape in your hair and I think it looks much better if you have a blunt cut. If you want to add some shape, do so by gently creating waves in your hair with straighteners.

 

The final thing to consider is which colours you want. It’s important when you’re giving the ombre look a go that it is very tonal. If you’ve got jet black hair, don’t get the very bottom dyed platinum blonde. The look works best when it gently fades and the ideal way to wear it is to go from a mid-brown at your roots to a warmish blonde on the tips.

You can still work the look if you have naturally blonde hair, as you can have the dye slowly getting brighter until it is a real white blonde at the end. I like this look as it looks like you’re growing out highlights (in a super cool, I-don’t-care-about-my-hair-but-it-still-looks-amazing way), but because the colour is bright it looks vibrant and striking.

I think it’s important to remember that even if you have the kind of hair that will suit the dip dye trend, it’s not for everyone. It’s quite a young, funky look so if you have a high-powered job that involves important meetings on a regular basis it might not be the look for you. But if you’ve got a trendy, fashion-forward look then give it a go.

This guest blog was contributed by Lesley Sampson a freelance writer who blogs extensively about fashion and style such as the latest short hairstyles by L’Oréal Professionnel.