The Secret to a Perfect Ombré Has Been Right in Front of You All Along

Does this make it DIY material?

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The ombré look has been obsessed over for years at this point. But when it comes to the approach, there's practically a new innovation everyday. From classic foils to balayage to hand-pressed-on-glass color, things just keep getting more conceptual.

So when we learned that Istanbul-based colorist Ozden Kurtur had been creating ombrés with a *paddle brush*, we were fascinated. Is it possible that the tool for the perfect gradient color had been right under our noses—sorting out our most menacing tangles—this entire time?

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If the videos Kurtur has uploaded to Instagram are any indication, it just might've.

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"Using a brush eliminates the possibility of your hand pressing down too hard on the strands of hair when applying the highlights," NYC colorist Dana Ionato explained to Allure." A brush will give a faster, more natural-looking ombré instead of a hard and heavily saturated look. I've seen this done in Sweden, and I often apply ombré highlights with a comb for more even distribution."

Considering that paddle brushes are pretty much everywhere, it might be tempting to try and take matters into our own hands for a little DIY ombré action at home. But any expert will tell you: There's more than meets the glide (of the brush). What may be a hack for a professionals could be a downright beauty disaster for us norms. Leave the lightening to the pros!

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