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If you want to look stylish, well-groomed and attractive, pay attention to the sombre technique. This type of colouring will allow you to refresh your image and will look natural in your favorite lighted makeup mirror.

What is a sombre

Sombre is a way of gradient dyeing your hair. As a result of a special technique of dyeing on the hair, you get a soft and natural colour transition, the effect of sunburned hair and add volume.

Who fits the sombre

This way of dyeing is similar to girls who prefer naturalness and naturalness but are tired of their natural colour. The technology has no age limits: coloured hair looks attractive on both schoolgirls and older women. Many stars have already appreciated the versatility of the sombre technique: Jessica Bill, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Aldridge, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez.

Features of sombre technology


  • Hair with sombre is less affected by the chemical components of dye than with traditional dyeing.
  • Since dyeing is not done along the entire length, there is no need for frequent correction.
  • Due to the fact that the accent colour is close to the natural tone of the hair, you get a smooth colour transition without a sharp border.
  • If you have no more than 1/5 of grey hair, sombre will help you to effectively hide grey hair.
  • You can emphasize the skin tone, eye colour and adjust the shape of the face.
  • Sombre allows you to camouflage unsuccessful melting.


  • It is difficult to find an experienced master who will make a real sombre, not a simple melting.
  • Like other types of gradient staining, sombre costs from 2000 to 18000 rubles. The price depends on the length of the hair, the qualifications of the master, the prestige of the salon and the quality of the paint used.
  • This procedure is not suitable for very rare hair. Sombre will emphasize the hair liquid even more.
  • The difference from other types of gradient dyeing

Compared to other popular types of hair dyeing sombre has some differences:

Balajazh. The master applies dye to the entire length of the hair (from root to tip) with M- or V-shaped brushstrokes. When you create sombre dyeing dye applied chaotically, without any scheme, but the master always retreats from the roots of 5-8 cm.

Ombre. Ombre always has a clear boundary on the colour transition, and the sombre is a very smooth transition. As the accent shade in omber is much lighter than the original one before dyeing often makes hair clarification. Also, dyeing according to the technique of omber can do more damage to the hair than sombre (especially the tips). Ombre always involves the use of foil, and the connecting rod is performed outdoors.

Bronding, Venetian and California melting. Bronding and Venetian melting is performed exclusively on dark hair, and Californian melting is suitable only for blondes. In contrast, sombre is a universal technique that suits everyone. Also, more than 5 shades are used simultaneously for these types of dyeing, and only 1-2 shades are used for the connecting rod.

Types of sombre staining

It’s easy. At its performance the dyes as much as possible approached to the natural shade of fair use. As a result, dyeing is not striking and looks natural.

Contrast. To result in a brighter colouring, the accent shade should differ from your natural hair colour by 2 tones or more.

With a comb. The strands are pre-screened to obtain a softer and more natural colour transition.

Without combing. This type of broom is more complicated, so it is used only by very experienced colourists. During the dyeing process, the master must be able to stretch the paint to achieve a smooth colour transition.

With melting. First, the colourist does the usual fine grinding, and then he combes the hair and performs the connecting rod. This type of dyeing is a cross between the client’s natural hair colour and the broom. The result is the maximum amount of colour.

How to pick up a sombre

In order to avoid disappointment in dyeing, take into account the characteristics of your hair: its natural colour, structure and length.

By hair colour

The choice of colour depends on the natural colour of the hair. The main task is to choose such accent shade, which would be as close as possible to your natural colour.

Sombre on brown hair

Despite the fact that many girls unfairly consider brown hair unsightly and “mouse”, in combination with sombre they can look very expensive and spectacular. If your hair colour range ranges from light-blue to dark brown, choose cold accent shades. Dyeing individual strands in pearl grey, medium blonde, nut or ashes will make brown hair brighter and more attractive.

Dark hair

The most profitable and noticeable sombre looks exactly on dark hair. Usually, brunettes and brown hairs belong to the winter colour type of appearance, which is perfectly combined with virtually any version of the palette of dark colours. It can be cognac, chocolate, mahogany, mocha, chestnut, blue-black, etc. If you want to get a bright variant of dyeing on dark hair, pay attention to more contrasting shades: for example, pearl or ashes.

Blond hair

It’s a little harder for blondes to choose the right shade for a sombre performance than for blondes and dark-haired girls. As on blonde hair, it is less noticeable and bright than on dark hair. Sand, honey, golden, vanilla, wheat, linen, beige, ash and pearl tones are used for dyeing on light strands. Dark shades should be avoided.

Red hair

Red-haired beauties usually belong to the autumn colour type of appearance. Therefore, to make a sombre on the red hair, as an accent are used those colours that are best written off in the palette of autumn. This can be copper, light brown, amber, hot chocolate, old gold or cinnamon.

By the length of the hair.

  • Long hair. This is the most advantageous option for performing a cathedral. It is on the long hair that the soft colour transition and glare play becomes most noticeable.
  • Short hair. Very short haircuts (garson, pixie) are not suitable for this dyeing.
  • Hair of medium length. Medium-length structural haircuts (care, beans, cascade) perfectly match this type of dyeing.
  • Haircuts with bangs. The bell fits harmoniously into the image with sombre staining. An extended cheekbone or chin can also be coloured, but if it is not too long (e.g. eyebrows), the bangs are not usually coloured.

By hair structure.Straight hair. Smooth and straight strands are the best way to make a sombre. A gradient change in colour is best seen on a flat hair canvas. But to give your hair more texture and emphasize the effect of burned-out hair, you can twist the strands a little bit flat or make waves.

Curly and curly hair. If you have very violent curls (as in African women), the transition of colour may be a little noticeable. In this case, it is advisable to straighten the strands a little bit with an iron. If the hair is just slightly wavy, the colouring will look very beautiful on it.

Rare and fine hair. The use of colour accents allows you to give even thin and rare hair visual volume. And in order to increase the volume even more visually, you can twist your hair slightly or dry it with a diffuser.

Thick hair. Excessive density is not an obstacle to dyeing in the sombre style.

Choice of shade

Choosing a shade, start from the natural colour of your appearance.

If it is dominated by cold tones (light skin, brown, dark brown or black hair, transparent or contrasting bright eyes), it is advisable to use shades of cold colours. you will be suitable for pearl, grey, strawberry pink, plum, purple, nut and ashes.

If your image is dominated by warm shades (peach or olive skin, light or red hair, green, blue or amber eyes), then give preference to soft and warm shades. Caramel, copper, gold, chocolate and chocolate shades are good for you.

The technique of sombre performance at home

If you are planning to do the procedure yourself, be aware that this is quite difficult. For staining you will need the following:

  • The right shade of paint and mixing tank.
  • Gloves and a brush.
  • A fine comb to separate the strands and to do the combing.
  • Clamps or rubber bands.

Painting Technology

  • Do not wash your head for 2-3 days before staining.
  • Prepare the dye according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Divide the hairline into zones, secure the strands from the non-working area with clips/rings. In the working area, separate the short strand (1.5-3 cm) and comb it.
  • Apply the paint to the top layer of combed hair, retreating 5-10 cm from the roots. Treat all the hair in this way.
  • Leave the paint on the strands without wrapping them in foil. On time, be guided by the period recommended by the manufacturer of the dyeing composition.
  • Wash off the dye, wash your hair and do a styling or fashionable hairstyle.

Peculiarities of post-painting care

To keep your hair healthy, it’s important to take good care of it:

  • If you want to achieve a less pronounced effect of burned-out hair, after dyeing, perform tinting with a tint.
  • Use nourishing masks to give your hair shine and prevent dry tips.
  • The use of balm and conditioner during washing will help to reduce the negative impact of the dye. It is best to use products marked “For coloured hair”.
  • To emphasise a beautiful colour transition, do light styling and romantic hairstyles such as curls and waves.
  • Try not to dry your hair with a hot air dryer, as this will worsen the condition of your hair and dry out your tips.
  • In summer, apply special UV-protected products to your hair.

Fashionable dyeing of the connecting rod has a lot of advantages. It brings freshness to the image, visually makes the hair more voluminous and makes it possible to get a soft colour transition. The correct selection of shades allows you to look as if your curls are slightly burned out in the sun.

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