Ombre hair is here to stay – which is very good news for people like me who are currently sporting the look! If you’re tempted to try and are considering doing it at home then stop umming and ahhing and just do it! It’s a great way to experiment without having to take the plunge of a full head colour, plus it’s the perfect look for the summer months. Before you dash off to grab the home hair dye read through this blog of top tips for getting gorgeous results, along with my personal recommendations to keep your locks looking fabulous!
Dip dying used to be the reserve of hairdressers – and those brave enough to experiment at home – however thanks to the lovely people at L’Oreal you can now go ombre without any hassle. If you’ve got lighter hair then L’Oreal, and myself, recommend that you go for a white blonde finish. If your locks are a darker brown then the warmer, more coppery tones are ideal. There’s a dye for each shade so you don’t have to spend ages mixing up batches and praying you’ve got the right formula either!
The kit comes with a handy brush, so you simply apply the dye and then run it through your hair. Obviously it’s your call on how high you go, but a good rule of thumb is to move from your jawline down, then bring a few streaks a little higher around your face. Once you’ve washed it out you can always apply more higher up and go full on Kim Kardashian or just opt for the ends a lá Leah Michelle. The comb separates your hair so you don’t have to worry about fading the dye gradually either, it just naturally creates a textured look without an annoying block colour effect. Wash it out, apply the conditioner, give it a quick blow dry and ouilla! Instant summer style.
So what now? Well now you’ve achieved the perfect look the onus is on maintaining your super shiny locks. Obviously dying hair can take its toll on our tresses, so try to deep condition it every few weeks (I just cover my dry hair with conditioner, leave it for a few hours and then wash as normal). To keep your blonde from going brassy, try a lilac shampoo with a touch of silver – like this one! Leave the conditioner in for around ten minutes in the shower before washing it out. It’s also fine to use across all of your hair, not just on the lighter sections, although try to avoid conditioning your roots as it can make hair a bit limp.
Now for the fun party – styling! Dip dye and casual waves go hand in hand to create instant beachside chic – did anyone say surf’s up?! Use your straighteners to create curls and then brush them through with a comb. You can also use a textured spray to add to the bed head effect.
For a more sophisticated finish go super sleek – perfect to show off the different shades – while a great daytime style is a fishtail plait to the side for an effortlessly cool finish.
So what are you waiting for?! Go get your ombre on!
Love Aimee x
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Images by Sara Yates (@Sara_Very)