Sombre? Didn’t they used to be called highlights?

Subtle ombre?  Or just good old fashioned highlights?
Subtle ombre? 

As we are all well aware the wheel of fashion must keep turning or presumably we’d all fall off the bike?   Call me a spoil sport if you will, but I couldn’t stop myself thinking the latest ‘hot’ trend for hair, sombre looks an awful lot like highlights.   Sombre, wittily following in the wake of the ombre trend (subtle + ombre) does kinda address some of the potential downsides of ombre: bit of a ropey look for fine, straight haired  heads, and if you’ve let your dyed blonde hair live ombre style in the tips the grey hairs at the roots aren’t going to be blending into the ‘normal’ blonde colouring you enjoy.  But there seems to be a lot of fairly normal looking highlights being renamed sombre and I thought a little clarity would do no one any harm (except perhaps the odd salon owner charging silly prices for the ‘Latest Trend Sombre’, when it just good old fashioned highlights).

Definitely not highlights?
Definitely not highlights?

To be fair Jessica Alba’s sombre style looks pretty good and there is a distinct difference between this and highlights:

Sombre, not ombre for sure.
Sombre, not ombre for sure.

You see the sombre now!  Instead of the straight line of ombre here is the subtle in the sombre.  Good job Jessica we can always rely on you to keep us right when it comes to fashion!  Perhaps trying to blend two very different colours together has its problems?  If subtle is the name, doesn’t subtle have to be the game?

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