Everywhere you look these days, the ombre trend is incredibly apparent. From clothing to nail art to hair, ombre is here and evidently here to stay. Last week, we decided to hit up the local beauty supply store and brave the world of at-home hair coloring. Though a little nervous at the beginning, the end result has been getting compliments left and right. We wanted to share the experience with you and hopefully give you the boost of confidence you need to know that you can DIY ombre yourself!
Note: We did the ombre on already dark, dyed hair — meaning we worked on lightening the ends, not darkening the roots.
What You’ll Need:
- 20 Volume Peroxide, like this one for $1.29
- 1 packet of Powdered Bleach, like this one from L’Oreal for $3.99
- 1 toothbrush, like this one for $0.99
- 1 pair of latex gloves, like this pair that costs $0.01 (yes, one penny)
- 1 mixing bowl, like this one for $1.69
- 1 old t-shirt that you don’t care about anymore
(For those of you keeping score, the total cost is at $7.97)
What You’ll Do:
- In the mixing bowl, mix 2 ounces of 20 volume peroxide and 1 packet of powdered bleach until blended. Please do this in a well-ventilated area, because the bleach can start to smell pretty strong.
- Separate your hair into four sections – two on each side of your head. The best part about this color style is that it doesn’t need to be exact, so don’t worry about having perfectly sectioned hair. Once you’ve done this, put on the latex gloves.
- Put some of the bleach mixture onto the toothbrush — about the amount of toothpaste you’d use. Beginning at the ends of your hair, start brushing the bleach on in a downward motion. It’s easiest if the ends of your hair that you’re applying bleach to are being brushed against the palm of your hand.
- Continue to apply the bleach mixture on to the toothbrush and then brushing it onto your hair, gradually going further up on your strands. Once you’ve gone up as far as you want on your hair to start getting lighter, move on to the next section of hair.
- Remember that the whole point of ombre is to look like it’s well-blended, so it’s not important to have the hair be even all the way around. What is important is that the left and right sides of your head have ombre starting at about the same place on your hair on both sides.
- Once you’ve bleached all of the necessary sections, go back over the tips with a little more bleach so that the ends are lighter than the rest of the hair.
- Leave the bleach in your hair for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how light you want the ends to be. You should keep an eye on your hair and how light it’s getting, and judge how long you keep the bleach on by how light you want your hair to come out.
- Once you’re ready, wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and use a leave-in conditioner, paying particular attention to the ends. Style as usual!
How did your DIY ombre hair come out? Tweet us a picture to @BeautyHigh!
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