How to Do At-Home Ombré Hair

December 24, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

feria-ombre_300People frequently ask me whether the ombré look (darker roots, lighter ends; sometimes referred to as dip-dyed ends) is in or over. I consider the look a new classic and, as such, not one that’s every likely to become passé.  In fact, it’s a nice option for women like myself who can’t commit to a full-head of highlights but like the thought of doing something a little different to their hair.

The thing with ombré is that, unlike highlights or all-over color, you never need to worry about roots. And when you’re over the look you can either get a big trim to get rid of it, or dye your hair back to its natural color all-over.

A stylist at the Louis Licari salon in New York City recently gave me a good trick for achieving the look at home:

• First, section off the upper portion of your hair so that just the under-layers hang down.

• Next (and this step is key since it opens up the cuticle layer of your hair so that it can absorb the lighter pigment), back comb vigorously (that is, tease) one to two inches of those exposed ends.

• Last, use the lighter shade of your choosing on the teased portion and allow it to develop as per the directions on the box.

I tried the technique on my own hair using L’Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombre Haircolor ($12, and it was simple and successful. Happy “homebré-ing!”

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  1. kennynycebeats

    i need to use this in my salon great post

    December 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm
  2. sootycat

    I think it is ugly—like you haven’t done your roots in months

    December 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  3. Laut

    I always think ombré looks better if it’s properly blended, unlike in the image on the box, where there is a definitive stopping point in the gradient. Tried this brand recently, but it didn’t go as light as I expected. Perhaps,having previously dyed my hair with a permenant shade of Copper Brown, the lighenting formula didn’t penetrate the hair effectively enough.

    March 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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