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Thursday, November 15, 2012

L'Oreal Wild Ombré


I attempted dip dye on my hair a while ago when it was in fashion and it faded out quite quickly as I did it in reverse.. My hair was already quite light (for me) and so I just dyed the top 3/4 a really dark brown; so no bleaching was involved. That probably explains why it faded as my hair doesn't take to dye very well unless there is a great deal of bleach in there! 

I'd seen an advert on the TV for the Wild Ombré by L'Oreal and I thought I'd give it a go.. even though the dip dye style is going out of fashion now.. but oh well.. why not!

I was surprised with the amount of bottles and tubes and sachets in the small box, but once I read the instructions, it made sense to keep all the actual bleaching products separate.  All bottles etc are numbered 1 to 4 to make referencing to them easier.  

So to start off.. you have to add containers 1 and 3 together in applicator bottle 2. This is the bleaching agent and activator. Shake and shimmy for about 2 minutes and you're ready to go! 
Make sure your hair is fully brushed beforehand (something I forgot to do..) so application will be easier and more fluid. Depending on your hair length; for long hair start from the chin; medium start at the ear; short start at the eyebrow area, and using the applicator brush provided.. squirt the dye onto the brush and comb through your hair starting at the desired length. I did mine just above chin level. 


Starting from the back, make sure all hair is covered. I went a little higher in some areas to make it a bit uneven as I think ones that are too straight look a bit weird, whereas this would be graduated and will give a better result.

Ensure all of the ends are covered of both sides and any left over dye.. just brush it through to really ensure it is all covered. My hair seemed to just absorb it very quickly so I used all of the dye to make sure no areas were missed and to ensure full coverage of colour.
After about 45 minutes and my housemate getting very worried about how blonde the ends of my hair were getting.. I finally washed it out. Now they say in the instructions to keep your gloves on for this part... but I couldn't tell if it was all rinsed out or not so I just took them off and hoped I didn't dye my hands!
After it's all rinsed out, use number 4; which is a special shampoo to lock in the colour.. I also used some Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Conditioner to make sure it really does the job and the bleaching stays put!

Before blow-drying my hair I used some Moroccan Argan Oil (will review later) to put moisture and softness back into my ends, as these tend to get dry and damaged very easily being me. 20 Minutes of thorough blow-drying later.. and this is the result! Dark Brown to Medium Blonde/Ginger (in most lights) graduating down.  


Its difficult to say what colour the ends of my hair now are.. they look totally different under different lights! Under the strip light in the bathroom it looks blonde, in my bedroom it looks light brown and in the sun its orange! So who knows! I was impressed with the way it blended with the rest of my hair colour to give a proper gradient look. Hair dyes usually take over an hour to develop properly in my hair and this only took about 20 minutes to start working... but I left it for 45 to be on the safe side. 

A week later and it still looks great! I've had many a compliment on how it looks and many thought I'd had it done professionally!!

What are your thoughts on Ombré? Have you tried Wild Ombrés yet?
Xx
Jasmine


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  1. Really suits you :) don't think I'd be brave enough! x

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    1. thank you :) I was a bit worried when I saw it getting lighter and lighter but then I just thought.. if all goes wrong.. I'll just dye it brown again!
      I wouldn't say I'm particularly adventurous with my hair colour, I've tried going red but it didn't work and mahogany didn't work either. So all I can really do is dye it lighter. I tried using Light Brown hair dyes but they just didn't have enough bleach in them to do anything. So I've always used a light blonde dye whenever I want to go lighter. My first attempt at this I was scared, but I ended up leaving it for an hour an a half to develop and it just went light brown/ginger. (my hair loves copper tones..)

      just be brave and go for it! You can't really go wrong with this kit!
      There are ones for different hair colours aswell. If you're blonde/medium brown/dark brown they've got a kit for you..
      Seriously.. try it! If you don't like it.. well.. dye it back again!
      Xx
      Jasmine

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  2. I know this post is old but the ombre actually looks pretty decent. I'm guessing it wasn't super light as the peroxide strength was probably quite low, like 6%?

    I had ombre earlier this year but it was turquoise instead.

    x

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    1. i really want to be brave and do a coloured ombre! i think a purple one would look cool!

      my hair kind of just went orange at the ends, would have looked better if it was full on blonde, but its a do-it-yourself kit, so i wasn't expecting amazing results. still, it looked nice and i was pleased with it and at the end of the day that's all that matters i suppose!

      the peroxide wasn't strong, but I had quite dark hair to begin with so knew it wasn't going to go that light!

      how did your turquoise turn out?

      x

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  3. I think ombre is pretty cool, and you pulled it off well! I've only ever been brave enough to dye my hair pink, but this is lovely :)

    Frankie x
    Curiouser and Curiouser

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    1. dying it pink is pretty brave! ombre is good as you can just grow it out, dying a whole head you've got to either dye on top of it or wait foreevvverrrrrrrrr for it to grow out.. i currently have a ginger halo around my head where my roots went ginger after dying it ages ago!

      and thank you :)

      x

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