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From Sombré to Bombré: Where to Get Summer Highlights

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Our new weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90. Whether you're in the market for a new manicurist or you want to try your luck at getting faux bronzed, we''ll tell you where to go.

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If you thought you left ombré in summers past, think again. Gradient hair is still huge for SS14, but this go-'round, it's known as sombré and bombré, both treatments imparting a softer, more sun-kissed take on the dip-dye look we've all come to know and love.

After the jump, find seven Philly salons equipped with the skills and expertise to give your tired locks the Midas touch this summer.


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1. Moko

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55 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-6656
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Monique Mason, the owner of Old City organic salon Moko, says that spring is all about the "bombré," i.e. a combo of "balayage swept highlights and tousled ombré locks." The low-maintenance look receives a glaze for an extra-glossy finish. The cost for perfectly sun-kissed locks? Partial, $85+; full, $110+. [Image credit: Moko]

2. Juju Spa & Organics

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728 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3235
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Whether you opt for highlights or lowlights at this all-organic salon, your tresses won't be subjected to the harsh chemicals commonly found in traditional hair dye. [Image credit: Juju]

3. The Parlour

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1339 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 276-7613
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By all accounts, lavender is the color of choice when it comes to summer color beyond highlights. [Image credit: The Parlour/Instagram]

4. Richard Nicholas Hair Studio

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1716 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-4790
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Specializing in "ultimate urban hair designs," this Rittenhouse Row salon does it all, from subtle highlights to Rainbow Brite color that'll have 'em doing a double take (in a good way). Insider's tip: Ask for Josie. [Image credit: Richard Nicholas Hair Studio/Facebook]

5. Lakshmi Hair Studio

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21 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2272
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This chic and artsy Old City spot is one of the city's most talked about salons, but prices here are on par with the competition: Partial highlights start at $100; full head, $125+. [Image credit: Lakshmi Hair Studio/Facebook]

6. Salon L'Etoile & Spa

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4360 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 483-2500
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Located in Manayunk, Salon L'Etoile performs balayage with the best of them—and receives bonus points for its adjacent salon, perfect for post-highlighting massages and facials. [Image credit: Salon L'Etoile/Facebook]

7. Laurentius Salon

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815 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 238-0764
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"Sombré"—or soft ombré—is trending right now at the Italian Market's Laurentius Salon. "It's not the half and half look anymore but a beautiful blended look for anyone," says salon owner Laurentius Purnama. "It's very fashionable and modern." Laurentius' handiwork will set you back $250, but his staff can apply the highlights starting at $125. [Image credit: Laurentius ]

1. Moko

55 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Monique Mason, the owner of Old City organic salon Moko, says that spring is all about the "bombré," i.e. a combo of "balayage swept highlights and tousled ombré locks." The low-maintenance look receives a glaze for an extra-glossy finish. The cost for perfectly sun-kissed locks? Partial, $85+; full, $110+. [Image credit: Moko]
55 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Juju Spa & Organics

728 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Whether you opt for highlights or lowlights at this all-organic salon, your tresses won't be subjected to the harsh chemicals commonly found in traditional hair dye. [Image credit: Juju]
728 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. The Parlour

1339 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
By all accounts, lavender is the color of choice when it comes to summer color beyond highlights. [Image credit: The Parlour/Instagram]
1339 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. Richard Nicholas Hair Studio

1716 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Specializing in "ultimate urban hair designs," this Rittenhouse Row salon does it all, from subtle highlights to Rainbow Brite color that'll have 'em doing a double take (in a good way). Insider's tip: Ask for Josie. [Image credit: Richard Nicholas Hair Studio/Facebook]
1716 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Lakshmi Hair Studio

21 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This chic and artsy Old City spot is one of the city's most talked about salons, but prices here are on par with the competition: Partial highlights start at $100; full head, $125+. [Image credit: Lakshmi Hair Studio/Facebook]
21 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

6. Salon L'Etoile & Spa

4360 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Located in Manayunk, Salon L'Etoile performs balayage with the best of them—and receives bonus points for its adjacent salon, perfect for post-highlighting massages and facials. [Image credit: Salon L'Etoile/Facebook]
4360 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

7. Laurentius Salon

815 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
"Sombré"—or soft ombré—is trending right now at the Italian Market's Laurentius Salon. "It's not the half and half look anymore but a beautiful blended look for anyone," says salon owner Laurentius Purnama. "It's very fashionable and modern." Laurentius' handiwork will set you back $250, but his staff can apply the highlights starting at $125. [Image credit: Laurentius ]
815 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146