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DIY Ombre Hair
Accoring to Google Analytics my old at-home ombre hair dye post is one of my most popular but since it’s not a sparkling tutorial I’ve done another one here. Hopefully this one will be more helpful.
The most important thing to know about coloring your hair in an ombre is that you will NOT get there with bleach alone. After 3-4 processes of bleach you MUST add an ash blonde color over it in order to get rid of the redness and make a true gradient from brown to blonde rather than brown to bronze/shit.
Products I used here: Wella powdered bleach (I used 4 packets), L’Oreal creme developer in 30 volume, Clairol premium creme haircolor in 8A (note: shown here is 10A but I used 8A instead), a mixing bowl, a coloring brush and rubber gloves
All of these items can be purchased at a professional beauty supply store like Sally’s or Ricky’s. Total cost for all of these things is around $40.
Down to business…
First I part my hair in two sections, above and below the crown. After mixing the bleach in equal parts (consistency should be a little thicker than pancake batter) I brush it onto a halfway point of the lower section with the brush. After doing that all the way around (I use two mirrors to see the back) I mash it in with my hands to make sure every strand is soaked. Then I let down the top half of my hair and do the same. A few things you want to pay attention to here. Make sure that after going around, the height of the bleach lines up on both sides of your face. Also make sure that you don’t brush the bleach on in a straight across line between where you dark hair is and where the bleach starts- you can see how I used the dying brush to stroke in some streaks in-between the sections. I wiped off where there was any bleach on my neck and then waited 30mins for the bleach to process. (It is pointless to wait any longer because all hair dye stops processing eventually. That is, leaving it on for an hour will not get it any lighter than it does after a half hour.) I rinsed my hair with just water, NO shampoo and dried with a hairdryer to get it ready for round 2. As you see above, one bleach leaves the hair with a gross brassy red color but it’s just the first step so don’t freak out when it looks like this. Again and again I repeated the bleaching process 4 times. The last time is shown here in the bottom row where you can see that after 3 bleaches my hair had lost some of the orange tint and became more of a true while/blonde. Again, in order to make it more of a fade, I brushed in streaks a little higher up using the dying brush. Finally- it’s not shown here- I colored my hair with the Clairol professional color in 8A. This helped balance the brassiness and make it a true blonde. If you’ve ever done an at-home hair dye with a kit from a drug store it is the same process, very easy. Mix the tube of color with an equal part of the developer and rub it into you hair. No worries if you rub it into your dark hair because it will not do anything to it so just get it all in there and make sure to cover all of the hair that has been bleached. After all of these 10937473 steps were finished, my hair now looks like this:
Et voila! I don’t find this process to be very hard so if you’ve had any experience with hair coloring on your own I say go for it. Just know that it takes hours and hours to finish everything since each bleach takes about an hour with application, wait time and a rinse and PLEASE use a blonde color over everything after your bleaching is finished.