Ombré hair is by far my favorite hair color trend. I dig it because you can have lighter tips without having people ask you if you’re a “natural blond,” or endure those lame carpet jokes. That’s the whole point to ombré after all, dark roots and light tips.
Now, while I do like this trend, I tend to be the type of gal that makes a style her own.Take these silly Keds that are all the rage these days. Yawn, they bore me. But I enjoy how comfy they are. What to do? I bought an army print, hot-pink trimmed, bedazzled version to better suit my non-granola style. Stand out, people.
So when ombré became Hollywood’s go-to hairstyle, I decided to jazz up the trend with my own personal touch. And the only way to do that is to do it yourself. To begin, I purchased L’Oreal’s “Wild Ombré”. The kit comes with a specialized comb, bleach powder/developer thing, and a shampoo.
Make sure your hair is dry, straight, detangled and a little greasy – colors (or in this case, bleach) work better on dirty hair. Follow the instructions along with the ones provided in the package (you can never have too much help here).
I must stress that it’s important to part your hair the way you would normally so you know exactly where to start the bleaching process. I suggest below the ears, near the chin for long hair, and mid-ear for shorter. After you decide how high up you want to go, clip your hair up leaving a layer loose to begin the ombré process.
Next, use the little brush to apply the bleaching mixture on the desired area of the hair. Reapply the bleaching mixture making sure the ends are loaded between each section of hair for best results. Once one layer is complete, drop another layer and repeat the process. Try to remain consistent between layers or you’ll end up looking like a striped cheetah (cool, but definitely not hot). Once you get to the top layer – the one everyone will see – be extra careful applying it, frame your face and maybe go a little higher, applying less bleach so the color merges in with a nice dark to light transition.
The directions say to check in on how light your hair is after 25 minutes, but mine went pretty light after 15 minutes, so I rinsed it out with warm water and then washed it with the shampoo provided. It wasn’t a perfectly even ombré color, some areas were lighter and more orange than I would have liked (The look on my face says it all). If I were keeping it golden, I would have purchased another gold tinted hair color to apply over it to even it out.
But I was going red. Rihanna red. Lucky for me my hairdresser provided me with this (below) ultra red dye, complete with directions on what developer to use and how to apply it (thank you, Liz!). I began by blow-drying my hair again. Then to a bowl I added: 30 mls of the red dye and 60 mls of peroxide developer (10 level). I applied it to my roots first, then my tips and waited 30 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if it looks like a mass murder happened in your bathroom, the dye gets real red and stains like no other. Seriously, I had red splotches on my ears and neck for days after. So apply with caution.
After 30 minutes, I rinsed out the dye – try to rinse it until the water runs semi-clear, there will always be a red tint to it, even for weeks to come. When you’re satisfied (or just fed up) with the rinsing, apply some conditioner and rinse again. Once done, I applied some Moroccan oil to my hair and styled as usual.
As you can see, I’m pretty awesome at doing my own hair. The process does take a little longer but if you want to save some cash, I definitely suggest L’Oreal’s Wild Ombré. Like I said, as a back up plan buy a golden dye in the event that your ends aren’t the shade you like or just leave the bleach on longer. And if you’re feeling feisty, why not go red or pink?! Hair will always grow back!
By Angelique Picanco