Why You Should Definitely Ditch Your Ombre Hair For ‘Sombre’ Hair

Give us super blended colours and a natural finish any day.

By Ana Eksouzian-Cavadas
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While ombre has been having a serious moment for some years now, it's high time you ditch that stark contrast for something a little softer.

We're talking about the 'sombre' — ombre's much cuter, and much more natural, protégé. We may be stating the obvious here, but sombre literally translate to 'soft ombre'. Think super blended colours, subtle shade graduation and a lived-in look. It's the perfect middleground between the piecey and dimensional balayage, and the often contrasting dual tones that came with previous ombre techniques.

So how to you nail a sombre hair colour? "The key to achieving 'The Sombre' is to use more colours; taking the darker hue found at the roots and subtly weaving it through the lengths of the hair to ultimately create less of an abrupt contrast from roots to ends, " Aveda colour expert, Bruno Elorrioroz, told Glamour UK


If you're after an obvious colour transformation — minus the pesky upkeep — then the sombre is definitely for you. Being that your natural hair colour is maintained on the roots, and the shades used on your ends are close to your hair's original tones, you can let this baby grow out for months before having to visit your colourist again.

A little unsure of what to ask your colourist for when getting a sombre? Make it clear that you want to stay within the general tone family of your natural hair colour. "Use tones that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than the natural colour base for the most natural and complementary result for your skintone," said Bruno.

Here, we round up a TON of sombre hair colour inspo to take to your next appointment.