I used to be married to someone famous for his frequent hair color changes, so it barely registered on the richter scale of surprise when my then seven year old daughter phoned me excitedly one day to say “Mummy you’ll never guess what color hair Daddy has – it’s PURPLE!” That remark was shortly followed by Nick’s slightly bemused voice in the background correcting her – “it’s lilac Tatjana, lilac.”

Tatjana, Nick, and Julie Anne Rhodes on the cover of Hello Magazine

Tatjana, Nick, and Julie Anne Rhodes on the cover of Hello Magazine

It wasn’t long before Tatjana followed in her father’s tradition, but I’ve always been the boring one in the family staunchly clinging to my own natural color (well, minus a few grays lately)… until yesterday. Excuse the pun, but I had a wild hair urge to do something radically (okay, radical for me) different.


Julie Anne Rhodes photographed by Glenn Luchford for The Face

In fact, longtime friend and hairdresser Kevin Josephson was so excited by the thought of my finally considering something new – he booked himself out, so we would have the entire giggle filled afternoon to ourselves for the transformation.

Deep breath, and Kevin Josephson began his magical color transformation

Deep breath, and Kevin Josephson began his magical color transformation

The reason I’m such a loyal customer of Kevin’s is he understands me. I don’t have the time or the patience for a lot of time in the salon. He is such a genius with the sheers – sculpting enough shape into my locks (with cuts that last a good 2-3 months), all I have to do is wash and run – no primping necessary.

Highlight time...

Highlights time…

He knew highlights wouldn’t be a viable option, but ombre would be a great low-mainainence alternative for me. Ombre literally means shades or shading, and in the case of hair usually begins with a darker color on top, then about halfway down begins getting lighter, although I have seen the colors in reverse too.

Lift-off! The lift and tone side of ombre

The five hour process began with the root color, then a wash and dry, before getting onto the next stage of lifting the color with some strategically placed bleach in thin wispy layers near the ends. Once that round was completed with a second wash and dry,  Kevin used a toner to get the rich caramel tones on my lightened ends.

Finished ombre smile

Finished ombre smile

The result? Sexy summer hair that catches the light, a lot of attention, and gave me a new bounce in my step. I love it – what do you think? Would you try ombre?

Just in case you’re feeling more hambre, than ombre – here’s my salty caramel ice cream recipe for a color coordinated yummilicious treat. To learn how to make the chocolate waffles to go with the ice cream, please join here.

Salty Caramel Ice Cream on Chocolate Waffles

Salty Caramel Ice Cream over Chocolate Waffleswith Chocolate Fudge Sauce

It may sound weird, but the salt really accentuates the sweetness of the caramel in this deliciously sophisticated ice cream. Trust me, it is silky-smooth pure decadence on a spoon!

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes


Salty Caramel Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs


Salty Caramel Ice Cream

  1. Heat 1 cup of the sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, twirling pan over burner to heat sugar evenly (do not stir), until it melts and turns dark amber in color.
  2. Carefully add 1 1/4 cups heavy cream (it will splatter as you add it), and cook, stirring continuously, until incorporated (if it bubbles up too high lower heat slightly). Remove from heat, stir in sea salt and vanilla, and transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a small heavy saucepan bring milk, remaining cup heavy cream, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to a boil, stir occasionally.rn
  4. Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Temper by adding 1/3 of the hot milk mixture in a slow stream whilst whisking constantly. Transfer mixture back into same saucepan, and set over low heat, stirring and scraping down the sides of the pan with a small heatproof spatula until thickened. Do not boil. Cook until the custard coats the back of the spoon. Pour custard into a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl to strain out any bits. Stir in cooled caramel mixture.
  5. Chill custard, then freeze in an ice cream maker for 30-45 minutes. Transfer soft ice cream to an airtight container and keep in the freezer to firm up.

Serving Suggestions

This ice cream is delicious on it’s own, but also great served with tarte tartin, with fudge brownies, my chocolate waffles, or as the filling in an ice cream pie with a chocolate cookie crust.


You will need an ice cream maker to make this recipe.

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  • May 24, 2013
    8:52 am

    looks great Julie Anne! Love the colours he used and after the initial time, it’s really easy to keep up. I had it done in purple… sorry LILAC… to deep purple and just went back to more natural colours.

    The waffles and ice cream… perfect paring to the bog! After a nice day at the salon, what could be better!

  • May 24, 2013
    9:10 am

    Looks fantastic! I’ve been meaning to try that…but 5 hours in the salon?! Gasp! I’m not sure I could do that. Good for you! You totally deserve the pampering!

  • May 24, 2013
    9:53 am

    It looks AWESOME! Great job Kevin.

  • May 24, 2013
    10:22 am

    I LOVE it! It’s perfect on you… There’s nothing like a new twist on your look to add bounce to your step!

  • May 24, 2013
    1:34 pm

    Wow! I love your new ombré look!! I have been every colour since my teenagers years but funnily enough I have embraced my 43 year old “natural” look for the last couple of years! Being a mum with 3 kids I am far too busy to maintain colours! Oh how I would love to spend an afternoon like that! You look amazing as always x

  • May 24, 2013
    2:39 pm

    That color and style is gorgeous on you! I recently cut off my ombre hair revealing just my natural color. My ombre was achieved by letting my previously lightened hair grow out. Tired of coloring and damaging my hair. It’s so soft and healthy now. It gave me the lift I needed and not just in my hair. We all need a little change now and then. It’s good for the soul. :o)

  • May 25, 2013
    5:50 am

    Absolutely stunning Julie Anne. Wow……I love it!
    I would love to do ombre however there is no chance of getting 5 hrs to do my hair.
    My little fella Jack is so demanding and dependant on me 24/7. After almost 15 months I wonder if there is light at the end of the tunnel. Mia has been asking for a hair cut and I just cannot find the time to do that too. Poor thing!
    Love the salty caramel ice cream. I’ve made this before and it is divine.

  • May 30, 2013
    6:15 am

    The ice cream looks so decadent! I’d definitely try it if I could, but the combination of cream and sugar would put me in the emergency entrance of the nearby hospital or at the very least, in bed for a few days. So, I’ll stick to the healthier goodies in your menus and recipes.
    Your hair looks fabulous! Sounds like you’ve got a wonderful hairdresser who steers you in the right direction. I asked mine about some purple highlights a couple of years ago and she said I’d better stick to my salt and pepper look. Sighhhhh! Sad when my hairdresser is the voice of reasoning, right?