I’m not sure why, but for a while I have been very blah on my hair. Can’t think of a good color. Don’t think it’s time to invest in a new cut. (I’m trying to grown it out a little more.) So I decided, why not experiment?

IMG_0537When I set off to find colors for my hair I wanted to get it back to it’s natural color and then do the ombre that I see all over the place. Yes, I know it’s going out of style, but I’m always late to that party (I’ve come to terms with that a l-o-n-g time ago). In the end it took me three stores to find that darn ombre kit, but I was thankful to at least find one. Got home and was excited to start the process to a new look!

To the left is where I started off. It looks really nice in this picture and wasn’t bad, but I was tired of the fading red and started liking the ends lighting up (hence the ombre idea). The first step, an all over color ‘corrector’ (in my mind, anyway). Boy, was I off! Who knew that my natural hair color was closer to dark brown without all those natural highlights? I sure didn’t. Plus, the last dye I had used was one of those ‘natural’ plant based ones. Those are stubborn! I had no idea, but learned pretty darn fast.

Stubborn red not going away.
Stubborn red not going away.
There, I think it's finally working...
There, I think it’s finally working…
Yay - light brown (not my natural color - who knew?) But at least it's mostly brown now.
Yay – light brown (not my natural color – who knew?) But at least it’s mostly brown now.
Think again! What the heck!?
Think again! What the heck!?

As I let that one settle into my brain I took a little break to play with the kid and hang out with the hubs. After a couple of hours I felt good about the color, it wasn’t perfect, but I could deal with it.

ONTO THE OMBRE! I was real excited about this one. After reading the directions and making some decisions on where to start, how light I thought I wanted it I applied that not-so-fancy bleach.

To my surprise, it worked out pretty well. But let’s be honest, I was sweating during that 45 minute processing time. I thought that it looked pretty good, but wanted some of the strands to be a bit lighter. So, I put it on – again – just to a few strands here and there. I was excited and giddy about seeing the outcome. Since you already know I was happy with the turnout I will let you see for yourself.

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Since I don’t part my hair in any certain way I thought that it looked fine, even great for a first timer. The back could have used a bit more blending for my liking, but what can you do, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head. What is funny about this whole endeavor is that my neighbor told me the new trend is one blinding blond strap going around your head around where your ears sit. For me, that was a no-go. However, I did end up with a kind of opposite effect. The top is a lighter brown than expected, the middle is darker with a deep red and the bottom is some kind of blond with a few lighters sprigs.

Works for me, so I’m happy. I’ll post one more of the finished product after curling it up nice and fancy.


What you think? Would you try this at home?

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