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What’s Trending: Tortoiseshell Hair

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:

Rachel Bilson's long tresses start with a dark base then highlights were added for dimension

Rachel Bilson’s long tresses start with a dark base then highlights were added for dimension

Glossy shine and multi shades of rich brown - Jennifer Garner

Glossy shine and multi shades of rich brown – Jennifer Garner

Variation on a theme: Blake Lively goes dark to light and back again

Variation on a theme: Blake Lively goes dark to light and back again

Jennifer Lawrence dons natural tones in a light up-do for a night out

Jennifer Lawrence dons natural tones in a light up-do for a night out

Honey highlights over a dark base give Sofia Vergara shining tortoiseshell hair

Honey highlights over a dark base give Sofia Vergara shining tortoiseshell hair

Sarah Jessica Parker: A variation of golden tones gives skin a vibrant look

Sarah Jessica Parker: A variation of golden tones gives skin a vibrant look

Eva Mendes is all drama and dimension with a rich base and gloss for radiance

Eva Mendes is all drama and dimension with a rich base and gloss for radiance

A youthful, multi-tonal look for extra layers and volume - Jennifer Lopez

A youthful, multi-tonal look for extra layers and volume – Jennifer Lopez

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