It look as though Ombré hair color is here to stay, albeit with hot and cold variations…
But at the Aveda Congress 2013, Ian Michael Black, Aveda Artistic Director for Hair Color, demonstrated that “a celebration of Aveda Full Spectrum™ Hair Color” can give this trend a new boost with bold brunettes, hyper-blonde pastels, and futuristic hues. There was even a salon-friendly “color belting” technique that gave the art of ombre the refreshing new twist it so deserves.
“Hair colorists don’t know where to take the ombre trend next”, said Black. “Everyone is used to creating dark roots and lighter ends. Color belting starts with an allover intense color and adds a band of shine around the hair that retains the tone of the original color, so the hair seamlessly transitions from dark to light to dark”.
One of the best features of this technique that will definitely convince hair colorists is that it only takes 10 minutes, making it an ideal hair color add-on in the salon. “Add-on hair color is amazing when it’s quick, looks on-trend and provides a slightly different perspective on hair color”, said Black. “Color belting is easy, simple way to take Ombré to the next level in the salon”.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK:
Step 1: Apply an allover intense hair color based on the guest’s desired end result using Full Spectrum™ Permanent Hair Color. Process, rinse, shampoo and blow-dry.
Step 2: Starting at the natural parting, take three 4” sections at the crown of the head. Use straight partings in the side sections and a semi-circle parting in the back section.
Step 3: Beginning at the bottom of one side section, take medium-density weaves, and decide where to begin color belting on the hair strand.
NOTE: The application should align with the facial features you want to accentuate.
Step 4: Place foil underneath the subsection, and apply a “belt” of Enlightener™ Powder Lighter and 5 Volume Color Catalyst™ onto a few inches of the hair, saturating the hair completely.
Step 5: Turn the hair color brush vertically, and feather the color at the top and bottom of the “belt.” Make notches in the foil where the application begins and ends and use them as a guide for the remaining placements.
Step 6: Continue throughout the entire section, taking finer weaves as you move toward the top subsections. Repeat the color belting application in the remaining side and back sections.
Step 7: Process for 10 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and perform the appropriate Botanical Therapy hair treatment.