Tuesday, October 26

A guide to: white & ombré hair

A few days ago I was thinking if how incredibly exciting it was to watch Lady Gaga at the beginning. The anticipation of her next change of hair or her next outrageous outfit was unbelievable. After only a few months, a year maybe, that excitement has kind of worn off. I am not uninterested in what she wears or what says but I no longer feel that anticipation which predicted something unique coming up.
And then I saw this picture. Gaga had been in London doing some work with Nicola Formichetti and she got a very refreshing makeover. Call me crazy but this white ombré hair looks great on her, almost natural. I feel like she should follow the hair's direction with her clothes and she'll be on the right path. I think it's time for Lady Gaga to shock by starting to create her own personal style.
But it was the hair I was most excited about. I have been a fan of fake white hair forever and I have this frustrated feeling inside that I should dye my hair green or bright (smurf) blue, at least, once in my life. And so I went through my picture archives to find out how people have been experimenting with the different versions of ombré and white hair in the last few years.

Colour ombré
It got extremely popular a few seasons ago both in and out the runway (by Proenza Schouler). The most popular version was that of the picture from The Sartorialist of the girl with the peroxide blond hair and the pale pink highlights. It is probably the most "natural" way you can use unordinary colours on your hair but it can also go wrong (see below). The other two examples show how you can also let the fake colour take over the natural one by creating a degradé from the root to the ends —metallics look particularly good like this.
As I said, I am a big fan of white hair. I envy old people and their white locks because shows you've lived and you're proud. But letting nature work its magic is not the only way to achieve this. The most famous white-haired person (apart from the Queen) is Karl Lagerfeld. I am unsure of the natural colour of his hair but he has often said he uses a chemical to keep it white because it also helps tame his locks in a ponytail. George Lamb's is exactly the way I'd like my hair to look. Instead of dying it back to how it used to be ('Just for men' lol) just embrace it and introduce it in your look. We have obviously seen it on AdR as well (in the shape of a wig) and on older fashionistas like Iris Apfel.
Within the boundaries of hair dying there are some options that without looking natural still can pass as common. That's the case of peroxide and bleach blond dyes —as seen on Abbey Lee, Mark Ronson or Kate Lanphear. They key is to keep the roots colours (to avoid looking trashy) and the cut clean and simple. The most natural option for ombré hair, though, has to be the one that celebrities the likes of Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung or Elisa Sednaoui have been sporting lately. It could simply de described as brunette meets blonde. I love the effect it has so much I have been recommending it to a dear friend of mine lately. Hope she listens.
I'm off.

[Pictures: JustJared.buzznet.com, Jak & Jil, Zimbio.com, The Sartorialist]


lady sélénite said...

Great post, I like the gaga photo, not shoking as the beggining but rather going out of a faerytale or dreamland, it's sweeter.

Cupcake said...

Ombre hair is awesome! Wore mine like that all summer.

WendyB said...

I think Gaga looks amazing.

E. said...

This is such an amazing post. Great topic! I've been into Rachel Bilson's take. I had that looks a couple of years ago when my highlights were growing out, but it actually looks good on purpose! lol

E. said...

Back again and a little off-topic, I'm still appreciating Anna Dello Russo's Vogue masked ball look. She really pulled that off!