Ombrè colored hair has inevitably become a big trend and it seems to be getting even more popular. For those who don’t even know what Ombrè hair is, it is the gradual lightening of your hair color from dark to lighter towards the ends.
I saw this hair trend probably about a year and a half ago while I was surfing the internet and for months, I had wanted to do it to my hair but I was scared! I didn’t want to do it myself but I also didn’t want to pay $150 at a salon.
After a few weeks of admiring this hair trend, I decided to attempt to do it myself. I did my research and initially opted to not even touch hair bleach because I wasn’t that experienced with hair color yet. I found L’Oreal HiColor HiLight For Brunettes dye which didn’t require you to bleach your hair before, it lightened your hair in one application step. *I highly recommend this product if you want to try out Ombrè but don’t want to use bleaching*
Over a span of a year, I applied the L’Oreal dye (in Natural Blonde) and it did lighten my hair…however, I always wanted it to be lighter because I feel like it would fade.
^This was my hair right after an application of the L’Oreal HiColor dye. I think this was a good Ombrè but once it faded and became darker, I wanted it light again! (This picture was taken probably around December 2012).
So, I was finally brave enough to get the urge to try bleaching my hair. I had heard horror stories of hair bleach ruining your hair and making it fall out. I was pretty scared to bleach it but I figured that my hair wasn’t in the best shape anyway, so there wasn’t much to lose… (except maybe all my hair..eek!).
I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought these items:
I used Ion because I had used their Demi-Permanent dye before and was pretty happy with the brand. You need the powder lightener (all the way to the right), dye developer (middle) (I used 20 so I could control the color better), and a moisturizing hair treatment for right after (left). All together, these items costed me about $12. Not bad.
Some other things that were useful was a hair dye mixing bowl and brush for easy application, gloves for protection and a rat-tail comb to help section. These are also all pretty cheap at Sally’s.
After doing the bleach (I can do a separate post with details of how I applied the bleach if anyone is interested, just message me!), my hair came out sooo much lighter. I was really satisfied. It’s REALLY blonde at the bottom but as time goes, I know that it will fade (which is a good thing in this case).
Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out with the bleach. The moisturizing treatment afterwards really helped repair my hair, so if you are thinking of doing this, please please please make sure to use a treatment after.
The bottom picture is with my hair parted on the side, so that’s why my hair looks a lot more blonde. This Ombrè, using the bleach, is a lot more bold and obvious than my previous Ombrè’s.
I really do love this trend and I encourage anyone to try it. It’s a fun and edgy style and if you get bored with your hair easily like I do, this is a great option! If not the bleaching option, the L’Oreal dye option is great for a more subtle look. There’s also a box dye especially for Ombrè which is a great option also.
If anyone has ANY questions, is thinking of doing this on their hair or needs any help, please don’t hesitate to message me (the “Ask” button on the top menu bar)! Ombrè on, my friends.