Let's face it - the ombre look is well and truly played out. However, singer Ciara has managed to keep it looking fresh and modern with her different take on it, using asymmetrical cuts and beautifully blended colours to make her own signature statement. The ombre look works particularly well on Ciara because she has a fantastic medium golden skin tone that looks amazing with both blonde and caramel brown shades. If you love the way Ciara looks, check out how you can achieve two of her most recent styles.
Changing hair colors can be a process, but the results are worth the effort, as this look from Ciara proves.
Obvious Two-Tone Change
When making a big hair color change, especially from dark to light, the first stage may require you to have two-tone hair for awhile. This is so you can get your original hair color to the right shade in the safest way possible for your hair. It may be tempting to drastically change your color all at once, but this will result in much more drastic hair damage. The best approach is to go slowly, and to use the guidance of a hair colorist. While sporting this black and blonde two-tone look can't have been much fun for Ciara, it led to her next color step...
Light vs. Dark
With the majority of her hair length lightened, Ciara was then able to move to a much lighter, natural looking blonde shade. Gone is the golden blonde that didn't flatter her skin tone, and in its place is a more sun-kissed shade. Her roots are still darker, but the fade between shades is much more subtle and natural looking. Once she's reached this stage, it was only a matter of adjusting the color to arrive at Ciara's ultimate hair color change goal...
Here, Ciara is rocking a bob that looks oh-so-chic. This bouncy 'do is perfect for ladies who need a style that is all business in the daytime, but lets loose at night. Ciara's natural dark brown colour flows seamlessly from the roots into a medium warm brown near the mid-lengths and then transitions into a warm golden blonde near the ends. Ciara's colourist did a great job by using a variety of colours for a smooth transition-there isn't a 'band' of colour in sight. Rather than look like she has dipped her ends in bleach, Ciara's hair looks ultra modern and classy as it flows from dark to light. You can get this look by asking your stylist to cut your hair into a graduated bob, with long layers throughout. This bob looks best with a grown-out fringe that kicks out in the front, but if you like to have some forehead coverage, then have your stylist cut in a long side swept bang for you. Colour-wise, start with your natural colour (or a shade that is one shade lighter or darker) at the roots. Then have your stylist choose two to three shades to create a seamless blending effect, with your lightest colour finishing up the ends. If you have warm skin like Ciara, stay with shades that have a gold base in them. If you 're on the opposite end of the colour spectrum, go for ashy browns that fade out into a light ash blonde.
And here it is! A subtle ombre hair color that suits her complexion perfectly. Her blonde shade has been changed to a mix of brunette and softer honey blonde shades, which never would have looked as stunning if she hadn't switched her dark black hair to the golden blonde seen in the first image. That color change allowed her to achieve this beautiful blend of colors and was worth the color changes she endured to arrive at this flattering shade.
Ciara here has opted for a short and sassy cut with an asymmetrical look to it. This tapered bob falls just past the cheekbones and looks best worn with a deep side part and one side tucked back behind the ear, as seen here. Although the cut is cool on its own, the colour makes it a real head-turner. Ciara has changed up her ombre look by transitioning the colour from left to right, rather than from top to bottom. To get this effect, choose a base colour that is close to your natural shade but will blend well with your light blonde shade. Ciara has chosen a light caramel brown, which works nicely with her buttery blonde. Have your colourist fade out your colour on the longer side of your haircut and around the back.
If you're thinking of undertaking such a color evolution yourself, make sure to see a professional so you too can end up with such a fabulous result!
To see how you'd look with any of the hairstyles pictured in this article, click on the above images to try the virtual hairstyles with your own photo!