Sure, we’re all pretty tired of hearing about ombré hair, but the trend was queen for so long, it’s hard not to make comparisons with every new colour fad. The beauty of ombré is that it can look either striking or subtle and there’s very little maintenance. It’s easy, so can you blame us for being on the look out for the next ombré?
Well, we may have found it. While pixelated hair is very cool, it’s just not convenient enough to become as popular as ombré. Écaille or tortoiseshell hair, on the other hand, could very well be the next big thing in hair colour.
The look is usually done on brown hair with a mix of honey and blonde highlights, but could be achieved by blondes by adding darker lowlights in varying shades of dark blonde and light brown. Basically, the point is to mimic the tones in your tortoiseshell sunglasses in your hair by adding highlights and lowlights.
“This look is generally darker and more multidimensional than ombré or balayage,” says Kristjan Hayden, Aveda Canada Creative Director. He adds that getting the look comes down to choosing tones that complement your skin and working with a stylist you can trust.
What makes this look the next ombré? “This trend can work with your natural colour, making it really low maintenance,” says Hayden, adding “it is also a simple way to update your look without taking a huge leap.” But he warns that it’s always best to work with a salon professional when updating your hair colour.
Ready to hit the salon? Ask your stylist to brighten up your colour with some highlights that frame your face and bring photos of examples you love for your stylist to reference,” suggests Hayden. And there are lots of examples out there to choose from. The tortoiseshell look has been made popular by a host of famous faces (and locks).
Giselle Bundchen‘s look is a medium to dark brown with loads of face framing blonde and caramel highlights. While Sarah Jessica Parker‘s ends are definitely ombré, her chocolatey brown hair benefits from honey-coloured highlights starting at the temple. Khloe Kardashian‘s tortoiseshell is on the highest maintenance end of the spectrum with her naturally dark hair turned what the beauty industry calls “bronde,” a sort of brown-blonde mix that doesn’t disguise your natural hair colour but takes your overall look much lighter. Her highlights are mixed throughout her hair in a variety of light brown and blonde shades. Finally, model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a good blonde tortoiseshell example with low-lights and streaks in different warm shades of brown.