Sunday, March 18, 2012

DIY: Ombre Hair

I've been obsessing over my hair for a while now. My hair has gotten a lot longer and I still don't want to get a haircut because I've been practicing on a lot of hairstyling tips for upcoming make-up trials and events. I'm extremely bored of how it looks while I still like to have my red hair, I decided to update my hair a bit.

I've asked my friends on Facebook if they would rather have me try a red hair with purple streaks? or this Ombre Hair trend. And while I am still thinking about getting purple hair for the summer, I just don't want to spend a lot of money on a Temporary Hair Dye like Manic Panic. So, Ombre Hair it is.

It's now time to say bye-bye to my old, dull and faded hair =)

On to the steps:
First, you will need...

1. Hair Bleach Powder. I got mine at HBC (Hortaleza) for ₱90.
2. Oxidizing Lotion 12%. Some say it's better to use 6% but I asked the sales lady and she said this is preferred so I trusted her judgement. I also bought this at HBC for ₱30.
3. Box Dye in a darker color. I have tried and tested Revlon's dyes so I will be using them too. The color I chose was #55 Light Reddish Brown. I think this retails for about ₱350.
4. Box Dye in blonde. It is best to use the same brand and formula for both the dark color and the blonde so that we can mix them together. Revlon, ₱350.
5. Sectioning clips or ties
6. Gloves! This is important! You wouldn't want to burn your hand! Also the box dyes usually have gloves included so just use that.
7. Tissue/ Foil. For wrapping the hair while waiting for the color to develop.
8. Plastic Bowls 
9. Coloring Brush
10. Fine-toothed comb
11. A protecting cape or a ratty T-shirt. Wear this because dye will stain your clothes!

Step 1: Choose the length of hair you want to bleach.

I just chose the length of my hair that is most tapered because of my layers. Sectioned it off using an elastic hair tie.

Step 2: Mixing the bleach. 

I always believed that you need to use 1 pouch of bleach powder to 1 bottle of oxidizing lotion but the SA in HBC told me to use 2 bottles per 1 pouch. I don't need a lot of bleach so I just mixed 1 bottle of oxidizing lotion with half a pouch of bleach powder and mix well. It will have a very light blue color and very strong fumes so make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.

Step 3: Bleach the tips of your hair.
Brush the bleach onto dry hair and comb through to evenly distribute the bleach. Protect your skin by wrapping the hair with some tissue or some foil.Let the bleach develop until you reach the lightness you prefer.  It usually varies on the original color of the hair but mine took about 30-40 minutes. I felt that I could have kept it on longer to make it much more lighter.
 Rinse the bleached ends well without getting the other hair wet and let it dry.

Step 4: Apply the medium color.
Mix both boxed dyes according to package instructions. And also label your bottles so that you won't accidentally put on the wrong color on your hair.

 I mixed together the dark dye with the blonde dye to create a lighter version of the dark dye I will apply later.

 Apply that mixture to the hair above the bleached areas. Overlap a bit of the dye with the bleached hair to blend it out.
Since my hair was really long, I had to section the areas so that it would be much easier to work with.

Step 5: Applying the Darkest color.
Apply the rest of the dark dye on the remaining hair. Don't worry if you can get it to apply evenly because it blends in better with the other colors.

Let your hair develop. My hair usually takes 45mins to 1 hour before the color shows in my hair. And after that, just rinse your hair very well and use the after-color conditioner included in the dye.

I let my hair air dry and this is what it looked like on the same day.

The bleached tips were not as light as I wanted and regretted not leaving the bleach longer. I thought that I should re-do the bleaching process after my hair has rested for a few weeks.
 But to my surprise 2 days after the process, it turned much lighter and now, I'm happy with it. I wished I picked a darker color on top for the drastic contrast of dark to light hair but I'm happy that it turned out great!

Things to keep in mind:
-Bleaching DAMAGES the hair. It really does a number on your hair and if you have previously colored your hair like I did, it would really have a dry texture after. What I do to counter balance this dryness is to use a deep conditioner every time you shampoo. I also hot oil my hair 2 times a week after this process but now I reduced it to just once a week. Since it is costly to get hot oils every week, I just do it myself using a heating cap and whatever hot oil treatment you can buy.

- Bleaching the hair without toning it would turn the hair brassy. But since toners are not sold in local beauty supply stores, I read somewhere that you can use an Ash Blonde dye to counter balance the orange-y color. In this case, I used the leftover blonde hair dye to my bleached hair to act as the toner. 

Phew! Long post but if you find this too tedious to do it yourself, don't worry as some salons have already caught up with the trend. Try Azta Salon since they offer this coloring service.

Would you ever try this hair color? Let me know what you think! =)



Emma Ruth Fajardo said...

Trying this Ombre style tonight :-)

vanessa fabela said...

Super nice?:)

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