As time went on though, I got compliments on how it looked and I really loved it myself, so much that I wanted to br braver and go further with it. Enter the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombres Dip Dye Hair Kit*.
Last weekend I had a free evening and decided I was going to go for it!
I wasn't sure what to expect and I was a bit worried because this is essentially bleach which I knew would lighten quite a bit. The results came out great though and I am super happy. The kit comes in three different shade ranges for different hair colours, I used No 1, for light to dark brown hair.
Read on for my quick how to, and the final results after styling..
The new Wild Ombre kit from L'Oreal comes with intructions and a special brush that you can use to comb through the ends of your hair to get the effect that you want. To be honest, it didn't work for me. I have thick hair and lots of it, so I did my own thing. The kit also said to apply the colour up as far as you wanted it and to just leave it for up to 45 minutes. I didn't do that either.. I wanted a gradient effect with my ombre, so this is what I did.
* Donned an old T-shirt that I didn't mind getting dye on, just in case.
* Used old towels, bleach will lighten anything it touches.
* Combed through my (unwashed and dry) hair to remove any tangles.
* Sectioned my hair into two, one section on either side of my head, and put it into pigtails.
* Put on the gloves and mixed the colour and shook it up.
* Applied it to the bottom two inches of my hair.
* Let it develop for ten minutes.
* Applied it again, going two inches higher.
* Again, I waited for ten minutes
* Then applied a further inch or so.
Throughout the whole process I kept on combing through with a wide tooth comb to distribute the dye evenly.. When it came to the top section part (the last section I applied it to) where the colour ends I used my fingers to comb through and run bits of the dye through some random strands too, to get an even blend.
The reason I applied the dye gradually was so that the bottom section would lighten considerably more than the section above, and the section above that. It worked well and made for a lovely gradual/ombre effect.
After leaving it for a final ten minutes (30 - 35 total) I rinsed it and used the shampoo included . . and voila, I was ombred!
I'm sure you are all thinking, 'Okay, let us see!' by now, so here are my after pictures.. I didn't take a before, but you can see how subtle it was in my first ombre blog post (linked above) .. or in this image here.
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I definitely reccommend this kit if you are tempted to try the ombre look, it was so simple to use, and very effective. It's a bargain too, click to take a look at/buy the hair colour kit, or in your local high street stores. :)