Salma Hayek choose Cannes Film Festival to debut her new ombre lob. Now don’t get me wrong here at Simon Clark Hairdressing we love the current trend of ombres and lobs we are just not so sure the 2 go together.
As you will see from the attached pic, there is a fine line between a great ombre and a bad regrowth. We think Miss Hayek is tending to the latter.
Why lobs and ombre don’t work
Ombres work by transitioning from the natural darker roots to light ends. This is very difficut to do with a Lob because the hair is much shorter. Meaning there is much less hair to work with. With long hair it is easy to engineer the smooth transition but in shorter hair, like a lob, it is much trickier to do.
The other reason is lobs like Ms Hayek’s have a very strong shape. Blended hair colours can break this shape and dilute the effect of the cut.
For this reason we would advise our clients who want to go for a balayage effect on shorter hair to rather use baby lights.
Balayage vs Babylights
This could be a blog in its own right, but simply put balayage works with big chunks of hair. Baby lights use fine weaves in foils. Babylights thus can provide a far more subtle blending of colour. To prevent your ombre from looking like a regrowth.
Because baby lights provide more seamless blending they can also be used to enhance the shape of a lob. So if you have longer hair we would definitely recommend and ombre. It’s also less work than babylights to do. If you have blunt lob then babylights are definitely the way to go.
If you want to see more pics of Salma’s Cannes hair you can find them here: http://www.wireimage.com/search/#events?q=salma%20hayek/&ep=1/60/1&s=3
Though it would seem we were not the only ones who did not think it was her best look. A later search reveals she has already replaced it with long dark extensions.