Cosmopolitan Magazine asked recently if the ombré hairstyle trend was "over." It is not. It's a fantastic option for women with brown hair, like model Lily Aldridge here who is famous more for her ombré hair than for her Victoria's Secret modeling shoots. Here, she sports deep chestnut roots that fade to a tawny medium brown.
If your brown hair is mousey, it might be begging to go darker. Plus, it's way less harmful to go from light to dark than from dark to light. If you want to go super dark like Victoria Beckham here, you can without harming your hair too much.
So should you do it yourself or consult a pro? All-over hair color is actually relatively easy to do with one caveat—if you are going more than a couple shades darker than your natural hair color, consult a pro, or risk ending up with an ugly orange tint that you'll have to get fixed.
Actress Salma Hayek is famous for her deep chocolate brown hair color, which almost always has copper and caramel highlights.
Colorist Kim Vo tells Harper's Bazaar that he likes for Hayek's hair to be "reverse ombré. Think dark chocolate roots swept into gold tips." Again, the balayage method works best for those gorgeous sun-kissed highlights.
Penelope Cruz has had many different brunettes shades over the years, but this color in particular is very flattering. She should know, she's a former spokesmodel for L'Oreal Paris hair dye.
What you will never find Cruz doing again, though, is dying her hair blonde. “I did it once when I was 19, and I lost half of my hair,” Cruz told OK Magazine in 2009.
The most gorgeous brunette hair shouldn't look as though it's been colored, but rather has been naturally colored by the sun. This is what highlights do. But the best highlights don't start at the scalp, according to famed colorist Harry Josh. He told Allure magazine that he likes to weave several intensities of hair color in, so no single streak is obvious. He also employs a subtle gradation of color that's lightest at the tips. This leaves hair looking as if it was sun-kissed a few months ago, and grew out naturally.
Gisele's Famous Bronde Hair Color
Gisele started the bronde hair trend many years ago, and it remains a favorite color choice for women wanting to stay brown but with golden blonde highlights. To get Giselle's famous color, her colorist Harry Josh leaves her natural honey brown base in place and simply adds in sunny highlights which he starts half an inch away from her roots. If you don't have Gisele's perfect base, don't worry, you can get one with all-over hair color.