At-Home DIY: ombre hair tutorial

I'm a total nut when it comes to my hair (where my ladies at?) and can never seem to commit to any actual style. Therefore I'm always wanting a change. And the one style I always seem to come back to.... ombre. Maybe it's because I hate getting my haircut (and trust NO ONE). Maybe it's because hell, my man likes my hair long anyway. Or, maybe it's just because getting your hairs done is too damn expensive.

Whatever the reason, I always seem to just let. it. grow. But obviously that long brown straight mop gets boring after awhile and I need a spruce.

enter: ombre. 

salons are expensive. especially in LA. soooooo...... enter DIY ombre. 


  bowl for mixing bleach
(be sure you read the packet for what kind of bowl is acceptable)
packet o' bleach
(i like to use L'Oreal QuickBlue) 
applicator brush 
*toner can be applied after rinsing bleach to avoid brassy orange. 
I usually don't need it, but you might. 

//step one
make sure you start with dry hair with no product added. add your packet of bleach to the bowl along with a few ounces of developer and mix with the brush. (also helpful to be wearing your gloves) make sure also to be wearing a shirt you care NOTHING about---preferably easy to remove (big open head-hole or button-up).   make sure your hair is falling how you like it and divide it in half pulling each side forward. 

//step two
using the brush, generously apply the bleach to the ends of your hair. I usually start with one side and brush it on, flip my hair over, brush some more, flip again and so on. you want to make sure you've coated the hair as much as possible on all sides. also decide how high you want it bleached and blend it out above that line by only lightly and sporadically applying the bleach. then move to the other side and repeat the process. 

//step three
let the bleach sit on your hair for up to an hour (or per instructions on packet). you will be able to see how light your hair is getting and decide when you're ready to rinse. I like to try and get it as blonde as possible so I leave mine on for entire hour. if you have thinner or lighter hair then you can probably leave it less time. once you are happy with it, pull off those clothes and hop in the shower! rinse that bleach alllllll out and then shampoo/condition as usual. 

//step four
apply the toner according to bottle instructions if you feel like your bleach came out t0o orange. (note: you may need to see your hair dry to know it's true color as it's usually darker when wet)  this should help tame it down. if you are happy with your results, rock that shit. you are officially an ombre-wearing beauty & hair-DIY champion. enjoy!

bleach on
bleach off, dried and finished

*if you feel like you need a watchable tutorial my lovely friend danielle (whom gave me the original inspiration and motivation for ombre) has a great video here on her blogthanks again friend for giving me the courage to be a rockstar. 

*also please note that doing your own hair means you are doing so at your own risk. i am NOT a professional stylist. 

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