Ombré: Would You Opt For The Latest Look In Hair Color?

I've always been drawn to the offbeat style sense of celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore and Alexa Chung, so when they seemed to simultaneously start flaunting ombré hair-dark at the roots and increasingly lighter down to the ends-I started wondering if this should be my next quirky color venture.

Not as outré as random streaks of unnatural color but edgier than traditional highlights, the ombré look is inspired by the fashion term of the same name, wherein fabric is dyed so the color appears graduated from dark to light or vice-versa.

I have several reasons for wanting to give the ombré trend a try. Besides simply loving the look, I've always wanted to try a light brown or blonde shade-I'm dark-haired and fair-skinned, so I've always worried that all-over lightening wouldn't work for me. Furthermore, I can't stand the frequent upkeep of regular highlights.

According to Marisa Moon of the Sam Brocato Salon in New York City, the ombré technique would let me keep my natural-and naturally flattering-darkness at the root and around much of my face. And that's exactly why it's low-maintenance: no touching up to do at the roots!

In fact, "It looks better as your hair grows out," according Umberto Savone of the Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills, whose U Color kit allows for at-home ombré-ing.

I'm not that confident in my self-coloring skills, though, so if I do go for it, I'll let my hairstylist, Strand Salon's Jennifer Casserino work her balayage magic on my hair, which is about as long as Rachel Bilson's, above.

What do you think? Should I go for it? Would you? Have you? Share your opinion on the ombré look by leaving a comment below.

UPDATE: I did it, and I love it! Click here to see a photo.