Chelsea Boone getting the trendy Ombre hair style by Ellen Read at Tina's Style Centre in Kingscliff.
Chelsea Boone getting the trendy Ombre hair style by Ellen Read at Tina's Style Centre in Kingscliff. Nolan Verheij-full

Crimping and perms are out and ombre is in

FORGET crimping and perms, Ombre is in. According to Tweed hairdressers the Hollywood trend where hair looks to be dip-dyed in contrasting colours has taken off locally and gone from experimental to staple in six months.

Helen Fraiser from Tina's Style Centre in Kingscliff says the technique, which means "shaded" in French, is popular on the coast in casual, beach style.

"There's no set mould on how to do Ombre - you can have natural hues, like brown with blonde, and you can have bold contrasts, like black with red.

"Pastels, like light pink with light purple, are also in.

"But I do find that it's the subtle look that local girls like, where the ends of the hair is dyed two to three shades lighter.

"That way you don't have to go extreme; even if you're a dark brown you don't have to go to bright blonde on the ends, to have Ombre."

The hair trend has found its home on the coast because the sunshine accentuates highlights and the ocean creates texture.

"Subtle Ombre easily fits in on the coast because it's that beachy look," Ms Fraiser said.

"We like to use teasing to get a nice and soft blend of the colours, so it can look quite natural."

"Some people are pretty shy to bring in a celebrity hair picture but I think it's a great idea to have a look at Julia Roberts or Elle Macpherson for inspiration and then find their own style," Ms Fraiser said.

She said Ombre is a great way to try dye for the first time. It's a great way to try colours on what we call 'virgin hair'."



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