Ombré Hair: Why Pay to Look Broke?

Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC
Drew Barrymore shows off her root job.

Hair has seen plenty of trends over the years. We've used and abused our hair with a perm, a curling iron, a straightening iron, relaxer, highlights, lowlights, red dye, dark dye, blonde dye, and bleach. There was the Rachel (the good), the mullet (the bad), and the cuckoo Kate plus eight (the ugly). Over the last year or so another fad has taken over our tresses: ombré, or two-tone hair, when your tress color graduates color, typically darker at the roots and lighter at the ends.

We have to admit we like the look. It went from being the look of the lazy or broke to looking hip and trendsetting. Just a few years ago, dark roots were frowned upon by the mane elite. But it makes sense that over the course of one of our country's worst economic periods the grown-out look would turn chic.

What doesn't make sense? Women are now paying, yes, paying -- as in forking over dinero, moola, cash money -- upwards of $150 to look as though they can't afford to get their hair done.

Ombré hair was first seen on paparazzi favorites like Drew Barrymore, Alexa Chung, and Rachel Bilson. But now the look has been spotted everywhere from the catwalk to the sidewalk and on celebrities to style bloggers.

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But paying to have roots makes about as much sense as paying an

entire Benjamin for Abercrombie & Fitch jeans that appear to have

belonged to, well, Benjamin himself, complete with tears, holes, and

paint stains. Ombré hair is at its best when it's achieved au naturel. Hey bleach-tipped ladies, you've lost your right to complain about the

economy when you're paying so much to look broke.

-- Rebecca Salgado


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