Ombré hair has been one of the most popular hair color trends for years—and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. One of the reasons why ombré hair is such a popular hair color trend is that it’s a low maintenance look. Since you only color the ends of your hair, you don’t have to worry about frequent root touch-ups. Even better, while you could head to the salon to get ombré hair, it’s actually possible to DIY ombré hair at home—with the right ombré hair dye (keep in mind, you'll likely need to use bleach). Read on to learn how to ombré hair at home.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ATTEMPTING DIY OMBRÉ HAIR
Ombré hair might be a low maintenance hair color option—but that doesn’t mean that getting ombré hair is the easiest process in the world. Ombré hair is marked by lightened ends—and that means bleaching is part of the dyeing process. The darker your starting color (for example, dark brown hair or black hair), the more time it may take to achieve your desired look.
HOW TO OMBRÉ HAIR AT HOME
If you want to learn how to do ombré hair at home, there are two options we can teach you: one with bleach and one without.
How to Do Ombré Hair with Bleach
If you want to rock the ombré hair trend for more than a few days, using bleach to lighten your hair will be the way to go. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach in Ombré Bleach, which comes with everything you need to get ombré hair. With this ombré hair dye kit, you can customize your final look and go subtle or bold, depending on your preferences. Be sure to follow the included instructions to apply the bleach to your ends, then show off your pretty ombré ‘do!
If you don’t think your look is complete after bleaching, you can apply color or toner on top of your lightened ends. Consider using semi-permanent hair dye, like a shade of the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color, to transform your ends with a fun hue.
How to Do Ombré Hair with Temporary Hair Dye
If you’re not quite ready to play with bleach, you can use temporary hair color to try ombré hair without any of the commitment. Pick your favorite shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray and L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color lines and apply it from mid-lengths to ends, taking care to concentrate the color on your ends for a gradient effect. These colors wash out with one shampoo, so you can pretty much try a new ombré look every day.
6 OMBRÉ HAIR COLOR IDEAS TO TRY
While you may be most familiar with classic blonde ombré hair, there’s far more than one color option when it comes to this highlighting technique. Want some inspo? Here are six ombré hair color ideas to try.
#1. BLONDE OMBRÉ HAIR
Since you’re already acquainted with this look, we’ll cover it first. If you prefer to stick to a classic look, blonde ombré hair will always have a special place in our hearts. Whether you’re starting with blonde hair or are looking for a low-maintenance option to lighten naturally dark strands, you can’t go wrong.
Get the look: 30 Ideas for Beautiful Blonde Ombré Hair
#2. GREY OMBRÉ HAIR
If you want to give your mane a trendy update, look no further than grey ombré hair. One of the hottest looks for 2020, this is the perfect way for you to make a statement while giving the ombré hair coloring technique a try.
Get the look: How to Get Grey Ombré Hair
#3. RED OMBRÉ HAIR
Another trendy option, red ombré hair, isn’t for the faint-hearted. This bold color looks especially gorgeous on those with black and dark brunette strands, though there’s a variation that’s flattering for everyone!
Get the look: How to Get Red Ombré Hair
#4. PINK OMBRÉ HAIR
Love to play with color? You’re sure to be a fan of pink ombré hair! We’re especially fond of this fun color option during the spring and summer months.
Get the look: How to Get Pink Ombré Hair
#5. OMBRÉ ON SHORT HAIR
While you may be used to seeing ombré hair paired with long, flowing strands, this coloring technique doesn’t have to be left to those with long locks! Yup, if you have short hair, you can still rock a DIY ombré hair color.
Get the look: 31 Ideas for Getting Short Ombré Hair
#6. OMBRÉ ON BLACK HAIR
Speaking of breaking the norm, those with black hair may feel as though an ombré hair color is out of reach. That isn’t true! There are quite a few options when it comes to getting ombré on black hair, and they’re nothing short of gorgeous.
Get the look: How to Do Ombré Hair When You Have Black Hair
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF OMBRÉ HAIR POST-DYE JOB
Once you have your ombré hair, it’s important to care for it properly. Colored hair requires special care—so look for a system with a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm.
For more great ombré hair advice, check out our article, How to Help Keep Ombré Looking Its Best.
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