Thursday, 21 October 2010

DIY Ombre Hair

Back in July I blogged about my Blondette Hair Inspiration before I took the plunge and ventured into lighter hair tones I'd yet to experiment with. I'd intended on going to the hairdressers for the change and had collected an array of images ready to illustrate the look I was after. Then I read a blog post and I was delighted to find that ombre hair (the hair colour I'd always envied but never knew the official name of!) could be achieved DIY stylee for a fraction of the price.

I've never been precious about my hair, I regularly chop at it myself and I've experimented with red and plum shades à la Cheryl Cole as a teen, so luckily the thought of slapping some bleach on the ends of my hair didn't scare me and I was raring to transform my locks. My bleach of choice was L'Oreal's Perfect Blonde Highlighting Creme. The whole process of mixing the formula was simple enough, and before I knew it I was scooping up globules of the lilac foam and applying it to my hair like an old pro.



I didn't want to go too blonde or have too much of it, so for a more subtle look, I thought it best I leave the bleach on for small increments of time so I could keep an eye on the colour.

For the first step, I applied the bleach to the lengths of my hair starting just below my shoulder and left for around 15 minutes. Then I washed off, dried, and reapplied to the last 4 inches of my hair to get the ends a more intense shade of blonde. I then washed off, dried again, and as it still wasn't looking much different, I applied bleach for a third time and left for another 10 minutes. A bit of a pain but I've now learned that brunettes need to leave bleach on for at least 25 minutes before any kind of bleaching effect takes place.


I was very pleased with the results and got the look I was after - a subtle change in tone from light brown to dark blonde. I'm also glad the blonde was kept to the very ends of my hair, rather than reaching up further towards my face.

When the colour begins to fade, I just repeat the process. When I re-ombred, I decided to go a little blonder and this was the result...

24 comments:

  1. wow! it looks amazing and so easy to do! I have done the opposite, gone from blonde to dark so maybe this could be the perfect solution for me, as I am now craving the blonde again! xx

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  2. oooh, this looks fab. I've seen it pop up on a few blogs recently, but I'm still to scared to try it myself!
    xxx

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  3. Love how this looks! It looks really natural how it goes from dark brown to light brown. My hair is unintentionally ombred.. I'm growing out an all over colour so the bottom of my hair is light blonde and the rest is highlighted blonde! Kinda like it though!x

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  4. ooh looks beautiful! can i just ask, your hair is dyed right? as I've heard it goes orange if you try to do ombre, but yours hasn't. . xx

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  5. Very pretty! I've been so tempted to try this!

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  6. so gorgeous! it turned out so lovely! will definitely have to give this a go myself.. <33

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  7. this looks lovely on your hair! i'm really interested in doing this, except for the fact that my hairs already blonde. i'm thinking about doing a natural red / copper colour.

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  8. Looks gorgeous on your long locks!!!

    This ombre trend is really beautiful, almost makes me want to become a brunette to try it!

    x

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  9. Looks gorgeous, like the suns just naturally lightened the ends of your hair. x

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  10. i am so glad i found your blog today! i am so going to try this!

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  12. You look gorgeous! I'd love to do this but the ends of my hair are not exactly in the best of conditions right now.

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  13. WOW! the highlight looks very lovely on your hair :). following you now. xoxo

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  14. this color looks so nice!
    new follower ^^

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  15. wow! ill have to try this :) xxx

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  16. I love seeing how you ombre'd your hair!

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  17. lovely! Mine looks no where near as lovely as yours!!x

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  18. This looks so gorgeous. I am going to try it tomorrow!

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  19. Is te brown part of your hair still spiced chocolate here ? Also watched your YouTube videos is it that colour there too? Trying to figure out how the colour looks and if I should use the colour. :(

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  20. when you wash the bleach out inbetween reapplying do you use shampoo/conditioner? or just water?

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    1. I used a small amount of shampoo to ensure it had all come out.

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  21. Currently in a state of ombre after reading this post! Hope it turns out alright!

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