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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Ombre Hair



Okay, so maybe it's not the most drastic of differences. But as most first time bleachers/dip dyers are, I was a little nervous. But I really like how it turned out! And now that I've been brave enough to do it for the first time, I may go over it again in the near future and go a little higher!


I used a high lighting kit I picked up in Wilkinsons by L'Oreal called Prefect Blonde Creme Maximum Bleaching Kit. I went for 'maximum' as it claimed that it can get your hair up to 6 tones lighter, which I thought was best for such dark hair like mine. I also picked up this tinting brush from Wilkos, which was only £1. I thought using this would help me create that dip dye effect.

Confession time! I didn't actually do this to my own hair! I did it to extensions! I would seriously recommend this if you're not keen on the idea of bleaching the tips of your own hair as this is a highly damaging process that will take a lot of after care to keep healthy. My ends are no good, and I knew if I bleached them it wouldn't be too long before I was getting 3 inches cut off and I just can't stand that thought! So, enter ebay!! I purchased these 20 inch 100g hair extensions for £29.99, which is a really good price. They delivered next day as well, which I was really impressed by!

Now here's a lovely photo of my bathroom floor, during attempt one at bleaching the tips! I organised my hair extensions into bundles and smothered on both sides with the bleach. I then wrapped them up in the tin foil (to keep in the heat) for half an hour, giving the tin foil a blast with my hair dryer after 15 mins. I unwrapped after 30 mins, and couldn't really see a considerable change, so I re-covered them, gave the tin foil another blast with my hair dryer and left for another 15 mins. I then went back to check again and decided I'd give them one finally going over with the hair dryer and another 10 mins. 

After this I unwrapped them and rinsed out the bleach in the sink. I then blow dryer to see how the colour had come out. I was happy that the colour had actually changed, because I couldn't believe how long I had to leave them for (considering the leaflet said to leave no longer than 30 mins. opps!) I'd ended up with a more chestnut brown, which I quite liked, but I wanted more gradient to the colour, so went back over the very tips and wrapped back in tin foil. I gave the foil a once over with my hair dryer and left for another 30 mins. I then rinsed and dried the hair again, and clipped them in to see how I liked it so far. I was pleased, but I'd created a bit of a straight line where I had applied the bleach initially. Damn. 

Back to the bathroom! I put about an inch and a half worth of bleach above where I had previously bleached the first time. I tried to make the edge softer by dabbing away with my tinting brush. I wrapped in tin foil once again, and got the old hair dryer out on them, and left for a final 30 mins.


Excuse the dodgy photo quality, but this was taken on my phone to send to my boyfriend after I'd finished! I think it shows the gradient I was trying to achieve quite well.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me through my long winded explanation of my ombre experience! I hope you like it!

27 comments:

  1. Your hair looks lovely + your extensions look such good quality too, wish i had the guts to try ombre!

    rachelpan xo

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  2. Looks great. :) Well done. Think you did the right thing by doing it to hair extensions, don't think I'm brave anough to do it to my own hair!
    Caroline.x

    starsandthebutterflies.blogspot.com

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  3. I've been wanting to do this for ages im just too much of a wuss! It looks gorgeous on you, you really suit it! I envy your hair, its lush!

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love that its not too bleached, looks 'natural' (if that is a word for ombre hair lol) btw that white top suits you:) x

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    1. yeah I wanted a natural look, bleach blonde just isn't me! haha

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  5. its looks very nice...i have always thought about having ombre hair but iam not too keen on bleaching the tips so doing it on extensions is a great idea!

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  6. It looks really nice more subtle and natural, great idea doing it on the extensions!

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  7. i love it!! it's soo subtle :)
    love your blog!!

    elle xo

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  8. Looks nice, better to do it more natural than OTT. Good job doing it on extensions first especially as it gives you more of a practice run :) x

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  9. thats so nice. I'm really want to do it but am so scared it wouldn't suit me and my hair isn't that long :( on a mission to grow it or get extensions haha :)

    http://zoegracehodges.blogspot.com/

    xox

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    1. extensions are such a quick alternative, I definitely recommend them!

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  10. It looks lovely! subtle and suits your hair x

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  11. i think it looks really good. not too in your face.x

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  12. Great ideas in the same post. love them all.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  13. It looks lovely, I am also scared of using bleach/dye on my hair but i end up going for it anyway! I get so paranoid at the time though, i think "what if this melts my hair!" xxx

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  14. Love the ombré, I just did mine just be sure to keep it conditions to keep it free from breakage :)
    I'm following I hope you will follow back

    leopardinleather.blogspot.com

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  15. Really love this subtle hair change on you! It definitely suits you well :)

    <3 Shawna
    http://serpentinestreets.blogspot.com

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  16. i used this excact same dye on my real hair i loved the outcome! but then i stupidly went and had 6 inches of my hair cut off and now its all gone! hah durrr brain
    lovely hair and blog!.xx

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  17. looks nice!

    http://champagnediamondx.blogspot.com/

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  18. I use blonde clip-in extentions and only put them on the bottom of my hair to get the same effect:) Never thought to dye them, that is an even better idea! I am now following your blog! Maybe you could take a look at mine? I am a bit new:)

    http://lusciousmarielley.blogspot.com

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  19. this is lovely! i love seeing how other people do this, since i recently did it to my own hair
    your blog is so inspiring, you've got a new follower :D

    http://zoelouu.blogspot.com/

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