Friday, 25 January 2013

DIY OMBRE HAIR

DIY OMBRE HAIR

So, I think I may be the last person on the ombre bandwagon but I'm officially on it! You may have seen in last weeks instagram post that I accidentally dyed my blonde hair brown thanks to a rubbish box dye from schwarzkopf, and I hated it. So when browsing Asda for a blonde dye in an attempt to cover the brown I had a wild spontaneous moment (a rarity) and decided to OMBRE! 

I purchased the Loreal Paris Wild Ombre hair kit (No2) which was £6.50 in Asda, but you can also get it in the majority of stores such as boots for £6.99 and a bargainous £5.99 at superdrug. I'm not going to do an in-depth review of this, as I'm not a hair professional I'm just going to let you know how I got on with it! 

The Kit includes: 
1 user guide 
1 pair of 'high quality' gloves
1 expert brush 
 1 tube of lightening creme
1 tube of lightening powder
1 bottle of developer creme 
1 bottle of conditioning shampoo

As the instructions suggest, you mix the lightening powder and lightening creme in with the bottle of developer creme - this will form the hair 'dye'. It is then recommended that you split your hair into two halves, as if you were going to put pigtail bunches in your hair and this allows you to ombre the same length of hair on both sides. You then apply the 'dye' to the expert brush and simply comb this through your hair, starting at the back of the bunch and working your way towards the front. 

The picture on the left shows my blonde hair which was just before christmas, and then the right picture shows how dark it turned after using a stupid hair dye from said company. So it was pretty dark in comparison! 

The kit recommends to ombre from ear length for medium lengths of hair, which is what I did. I have pretty thick hair which usually takes 2 boxes of dye to cover it, and I only used one ombre kit to achieve this and I actually only used 2/3rds of a bottle. Once you have saturated the desired sections of hair you are recommended to leave it on for 25-40minutes depending on the desired level of lightening i.e the longer you leave it, the lighter it will be. I actually only left mine for 20 minutes, as my hair has been bleached previously (about 9 months ago) and I didn't want to put it through too much! I then washed it off and used the conditioning shampoo provided, which didn't leave my hair feeling too great at all. It felt quite dry and not at all nourished which I expected, so I just popped my trusty Aussie Hair Care 3 minute miracle conditioner on it and it worked a treat. Here's the result. 

 You'll have to excuse the bare face but it was about 9am in the morning before I had ventured out. As you can see the ends of my hair from ear length are considerably lighter than the rest of my hair. The kit I used was no2 which is recommended for dark blonde to light brown natural hair which is what I have, but it was a little darker due to the hair dying disaster. Anyway, I would say that the the representation on the box was true to colour and I was very happy with the result. My hair doesn't feel too dry and doesn't look frazzled, it is sometimes a little brassy but as I said, it had previously been bleached and I use a purple toning shampoo once a week or so! Overall I am very happy with the result, it's a nice change from an all over colour and the tops of my hair are now pretty much my natural colour so it's pretty low maintenance for now. 

Are you a fan of the Ombre hair style? Have you used this kit before? I think it's a steal considering this would cost me £40+ at the salon! 

Jess 
xo

7 comments:

  1. Love it! <3 my hair's a little short for ombre but I do love it :p x

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  2. oo looks lovely! i saw the advert before and thought 'i really want to try that!', i just might do it now ;) xx

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    1. Thankyou lovely! I just went for it, and I'm glad I did! If you do it, let me know how it goes! x

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  5. This looks lovely Jess. I was tempted by the kits but too scared so went to a salon! x

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