I've been meaning to throw a toner on my hair for a while now... The last time I had it colored was when I went home for a weekend in March. March! That was four months ago. I cannot remember the last time I made it a month without coloring my hair, so this is sort of a big deal.
Fun posts to read before you settle in for this adventure.. if you don't understand my hair coloring
Back to the adventure at hand..
I was recently introduced to the color wizardy of Johnny Ramirez. After perusing his blog, I found his youtube channel, and this video in particular made me oo and ahh. Ever since, I've been itching to try his technique.
THIS VIDEO from Clairol is great too... I used a lot of their techniques as well.
But I have also been SO GOOD at not screwing up my hair. And I've been SO PROUD of myself for letting it grow out and figuring out what my natural hair color even is.
Well, you know where this is going. I caved. After touching up Lauren's hair last weekend, and then highlighting Hollie's hair last Tuesday.. I was feeling the makeover vibe and picked up a few essentials on my way home from work last Friday. And I'm pretty pleased with myself. And I took photos! Who doesn't love a good before and after? You're welcome.
DIY : HOW TO OMBRE YOUR OWN HAIR...or at least how I did it
01. All over color
This step isn't necessary IF you're happy and satisfied with the color of your roots. I had a distinct line where my 4 month old highlights were growing out, and needed to either blend them in, or make the ombre start a lot closer to the roots. My preference would have been to not do this step. But, since that wasn't the look I was going for, and now that my hair is growing out I remember how mousy it is/why I colored it in the first place, I chose to do an all over semi-permanent color (7A) before putting in the highlights.
(note: I didn't buy enough dye for this step, apparently my hair soaks it up, and had to send the spaniard out to the beauty supply store mid process to pick up some more.. TIP: always have twice as much as you think you need! also. it might look like you're dying your hair AUBURN. don't freak out. the red washes out. I still don't understand why.)
This was the fun/new/terrifying part of the process. The next morning, I tried to follow a combination of the two methods shown in the above videos. I broke my hair up into segments, teased the roots, and applied highlighting powder (mixed with 10 vol. developer on the top, and 20 vol. towards the ends, thank you Clairol) starting around 3 to 4 inches from my scalp. This whole process was the most tedious, but it didn't take as long as a full weave would have. After letting everything sit for another 15-20 minutes, I rinsed it all out and applied a toner.
Again, you probably could have gone with or without this step.. but I chose to use a toner (Wella T11 Lightest Beige Blonde) to soften and blend the roots and lifted areas of my hair together. I applied it to my hair when it was still wet, starting at the tips and then working my way up to the roots, letting it process in total for no more than 15 minutes.
And that's it. It's a little more extreme than I was expecting it to be, and sometimes I can hardly tell at the same time, but it's fun. And, it was a great learning experience. Who's next?!