Is Tortoiseshell Hair The New Ombré?

Get ahead of the hair trend curve.

Tortoiseshell

After a long, long ride, ombré appears to be on its way outat least in its super-severe form. But like with any trend, there’s always something else waiting in the wings and it appears tortoiseshell hair is making a play for the hair color trend of 2015. The low-key color relies heavily on bayalage, blended tones and high gloss for super multidimensional look that skews darker at the roots and lighter on the bottom. But wait, you might ask: isn’t that just ombré? Well, it’s certainly reminiscent of the two-tone look, but it’s even more low maintenance and natural-looking than its predecessor. Also known by its French translation “ecaille,” the color looks best intentionally untidy.

For those smitten with the color we poked around local salons to find out whether the trend has permeated the Philly hair scene. Fingers crossed.

The verdict? “There’s not too much demand for it now,” says Architeqt Salon co-owner Pawel Jan. Though he notes, it will likely become more popular once the weather warms up. Similarly, American Mortals proprietor Kimberly Bond admits that while no one has requested for the color by name, it’s really because the look is just well-done “dimensional, natural looking colors.” Luckily, that means the look is easily achievable by a trusted coloristjust be sure to bring pictures (we suggest the ones above) along with descriptors (face-framing highlights, darker roots, healthy shine) for the style.