While ultra-vibrant and dramatic ombre styles have dominated the world of hair color, there’s a sudden shift for 2015. This up-and-coming hairstyle is called Ecaille, which means tortoiseshell in French. Although this style of highlighting borrows from other techniques such as balayage and ombre, it’s not the same.
To achieve tortoiseshell hair, highlights are paired with gloss and a base color for a natural, sun-kissed look. Similar to a tortoise’s shell, shades can vary greatly. Based on individual preference, some may choose to use a range of mild tones while others may choose a dark base with gold highlights to create a more dimensional look. A richness and graduation of color from root to tip is the key to differentiating the tortoiseshell hair look from the ombre. Here are some shining examples: