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Tips to Give Extra Life to Ombre Hair

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Keep Your Ombre Hair in Tip Top Condition

Ombre hair has been a hot hairstyle trend in the past year. But while the hype may have simmered down a bit, it continues to be a top favorite for women who want to update their look without cutting their hair. Ombre hair is definitely a stunner and a look that captures attention. However, any form of bleaching or double processing will take its toll on strands in the long run. Therefore it’s of utmost importance to give hair proper maintenance and care to ensure that you not only make the colors last, but also keep hair looking healthy and vibrant.

Three Essential Rules

In general, there are three rules you need to observe when it comes to caring for ombre hair:

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Rule #1: Invest in products designed for color-treated hair. Make your life easy. Most importantly, opt for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair. In addition, avoid products that contain sulfate as an ingredient as it is the surest way to leave your ombre color looking dry and flat.  It can also make your hair brittle with continued use. Hence, you need to opt for a color nourishing formula to keep your ombre looking good as new.

Rule #2: Undergo regular deep conditioning. Weekly deep conditioning is your ombre hairs BFF.  This will give those treated locks some much needed moisture. Deep conditioning is the best way to add moisture back to the hair that was lost during the color process. Deep conditioning protects the color and keeps hair looking shiny and soft.

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Rule #3: Always use heat protection when heat styling. Thjs is a preventative step that should be included in everyone’s styling routine,  ombre hair or not.  Continued use of blow-dryers, flat-irons, curling irons and hot rollers take a toll on hair, especially chemically treated hair.  A heat protection spray will serve as your line of defense against damaging heat.

More Expert Hair Care Tips

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Here are tips from industry experts to make the most of your ombre hair, as well as best practices to care for it:

• The key to achieving a natural, fresh ombre look is to opt for soft tones that are closer to your hair’s base color. It makes the color seem all the more natural due to the illusion of a seamless transition. Ombre hair is not the same as dip-dyed hair. Focus on achieving a more natural looking color.

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• A great trick for achieving a modern vibe to your ombre look is to avoid lightening the ends of your hair. Instead,  work on certain pieces of hair to achieve a multi-dimensional effect. Add extra life by varying the tone and intensity of the color as you go from the roots to the ends.

• Do not over lighten the ends of your hair. The ends are old and more fragile than the rest of your hair and they are susceptible to breakage. Find a fortifying hair product to protect your hair from possible damage. A good nourishing product will keep your hair looking soft and shiny.

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• Undergo a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. It does not mean that only a certain portion of your hair is treated that it does not make it prone to dryness. It is important to maintain moisture to keep breakage at bay.

What is your best hair care tip for ombre hair?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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