Don’t call it a comeback! I LOVE Ombré and I was so sad to see it fade (lol) last fall. Imagine my pleasant surprise to see ombré hair cycling right back into fashion this Spring. And everyone should be excited about it because now you can FINALLY try it out (you KNOW you want to!)
How to Ombre Your Hair At Home:
Ombre is actually really simple. What’s difficult is determining how light you want to go and where to start the fade. Assess your ends, obviousness we’d all love to go full Drew Barrymore brunette-to-ash blonde, but if your ends are weak a more subtle gradient is the healthiest choice for your hair. Some DIYers prefer the 2-step process but I personally think the one-step is better for your hair. There are limits to how light your hair can go with just one bleaching so if you REALLY want light blonde at the ends, go for the two-step tutorial found here on ZOELLA’s Beauty Blog.
1.) Combine 40vol Developer and Powder bleach. Use your own hands (with gloves of course) and just work it into the ends. This will be the lightest part of your ombre so you want to bleach about 3-4 inches (lengthwise) or more, depending on your hair length. Wrap the bleached ends with foil and let that process for about 30-45mins (trust me your hair is lighter than it looks at this point).
2.) After you un-foil, repeat the same step, comb the bleach into your hair with your fingers from the starting point and over your already bleached ends (Don’t forget the back!). Foil and process for another 20-30mins. Try to leave some bleached hair outside the foil at the top for a better gradient.
Tip: A good starting point for ombre is your cheeks. The messier and more uneven the you are with applying the bleach the better. You don’t want your ombre to look like a color block. Messy= Natural, right! :)
TONER TIME: If you’re using an ash-blonde box color kit or highlighting kit for Ombre, then there’s probably toner in the mix to keep your hair from going YELLOW or BRASS. Brassy blonde is perfectly normal after bleaching dark toned hair. Toner helps to eliminate the yellow and brassy tones. I went with an ASH toner “Wella Color Charm T14“. Rinse and towel dry your hair. Combine Wella toner with 20vol developer and let that stay in your hair for 30 mins. Rinse (No Shampoo) & Condition.
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