What exactly is Sombre?

Well, in order to understand you must first know more about Ombre. A French word meaning graduation, for hair this translated into a base that is around 3-4 levels darker than the ends. It has been around for the last couple of seasons and it’s not showing signs of slowing down but different variations are being created and Sombre is our fav.

Sombre hair basically means Subtle Ombre Hair, which is a more natural and subtle ombre effect.
While the ombre trend included very contrasting tones, from black roots to blonde ends, the sombre style makes it blend better.


Sombre is known as the softer side of Ombre with less obvious color demarcations for a more sun-kissed and natural highlighted look. Combining Ombre application techniques without the noticeable contrast, this hair trend is perfect for women that want a softer/fresher color change. Sombre starts closer to the root and slowly transitions from the base color to the brighter highlighted ends.

Your stylist will have two options for your application:

Option 1:
Part the hair on its natural part. Using bleach, lightly paint thin strands starting from mid-lengths to ends, slightly saturating more onto the ends, Use a glaze or toner to seal the cuticle, add shine and blend all the tones together. Be sure to only leave it on for about 1 minute for a natural look.

Option 2:
Take big horizontal sections and backcomb the section before applying bleach in a downward motion from mid-lengths to ends then foil. The backcombing will help diffuse and soften the lines of demarcation.

The best part of this color technique is that it’s low maintenance. It will reduce your regular color routine and allow your roots to grow out longer while still looking bright and beautiful. Go ahead and add golden, caramel, blond, red or any color under the rainbow highlights to those tresses for a more summery care fee style that will still be trendy well into the winter.