Ombre means “gradation” or “shade” in French; it is the development of hair color from dark roots to light ends. This low-maintenance hair color saves extra trips to the salon for root touch-ups. The look is carefree and inexact, so it is difficult to botch. Be sure to choose the right dye, depending on whether the hair is already highlighted or natural. Attempting to lighten colored hair at home can result in shocking color changes and chemical damage. If the hair is highlighted or naturally light in color, simply dye the roots darker.