When I was back in West Hollywood, I remember discussing the ombre trend with one of the stylists I assisted, Jerric. He thought that there was an economical reason as to why the "rooty" look had been born. His theory was that right around when the recession had hit, all the cute, young women in New York (the fashion Capitol of America!) were not able to afford the $200+ it costs to get their hair highlighted or touched up. So instead, they started wearing petite top knots on their heads to accompany their "high-fashion" sense of style. The look of dark roots with a very blonde bun became "oh-so-chic", and a trend was born!
Although, I am not in love with the extreme ombre look, I do believe in a "rooty" effect. As I have said before, I love effortless and natural stylings. In nature, a woman's hair would have gradience: The old hair on the ends and the hair exposed to the sun around the face should be naturally lighter and darken as it moves closer to the new hair at the base. No matter what look my clients are going for, I try to always follow my rule: Whether it's your heart or your hair, stay true to your roots. Xox