Dye-ing for a Red Ombré

I have always been keen to change things up with hair colour, within certain limits. In the past I have tried violet wash in wash out colours, warm coppery reds and slightly lighter browns. One of my favourite things I have EVER tried though, is the L’oreal Wild Ombré dip dye kit in Red 6.66. 

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Having always had darker hair, I have always said a big fat resounding ‘NO’ to the thought of ever going blonde, as I just know it would look terrible and ruin my hair at the same time (thoughts of bad ashy blonde hair with black – brown roots comes to mind.) Not wanting to be left out of the Ombré hype, I was pleased to find a red dip dye kit that looked easy to do at home, and was very reasonably priced.

Now I have used this kit about 2 times before, and have been very very happy with the results. The first time I used it, the red was not very prominent but more of a shimmery red tint along the ends of the hair. The second and now third time that I have used this, it is much brighter due to the gradual lightening of the hair each time. When it catches the sun, it becomes a really vivid red so looks quite striking.

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One thing that some may say is an advantage, and others a disadvantage is that after the first week or so once you have dyed your hair, depending on your original colour, on me this tends to go quite violetty because it is quite a cool toned red at first. After the first couple of weeks of washes (depending on how good you are at not washing your hair everyday – *slaps wrist*) it tends to calm down a bit into a more warm, reddy ombré.

NOW, when dyeing your hair – particularly if it is red in a white bathroom- I have a few tips that might make the whole process easier, AND save your bathroom looking like a scene from Psycho:

1. FACE UP TO THE FACTS:

Make sure that you use either a body lotion, body cream or something like Vaseline to put around your face, hairline, and around your ears to stop yourself getting the dreaded dark hair dye ring around your face. Particularly for me, using a red hair dye and getting it all over me meant a very tense time of having to use a damp flannel around my neck to stop my skin looking like it had been scalded. A simple swipe of body lotion will help to act as a barrier, and keep the colour where it belongs…on your hair.

2.  I GLOVE A GOOD OMBRÉ:

When it comes to those crappy disposable gloves you get in your hair dye kit, hair bands or bobbles are your best friend, trust me. I put a hairband on each wrist in order to keep the disposable gloves on my hands, and this also stops you from getting any hair dye inside the glove, or around your wrist.

3. BECOME A BAG LADY:

As I’ve mentioned, I have to dye my hair in a white bathroom. Which is risky. Therefore I try to cover as many surfaces as possible, and try to minimise the amount of things that I ruin :). One of the things I do to protect my clothing (although I tend to wear old oversized t shirts for hair dyeing) is to grab a bin bag, turn it upside down, make a hole for my head and one each for my arms and wear it like it has just waltzed off the Jenny Packham runway at London Fashion Week (garbage chic, anyone?). This will help to protect your clothes, and you can clip it tight around your neck to protect your neck too. Best of all is that you can whip it off and chuck it straight in the bin after.

4. DO A RAPUNZEL:

BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH. When using this dip dye kit, I cannot stress how important it is to brush your hair first. You are kindly provided with a brush to squeeze the dye onto, to make it easier for you to brush the dye into your hair. Now, clearly the people who designed this brush were not asian, as we asians have pretty thick hair and this is a very flimsy brush. The aforementioned bin bag really comes into it’s own in case you pull too forcefully on said Flimsy Brush, handy if you get little splashes of dye everywhere after dragging Flimsy through the lengths of your hair.

Hair dyeing can be a bit of a chore, but the results make it totally worth the sitting on the bathroom floor watching youtube with a timer on your phone for 35 minutes.

What do you think, has Ombré had it’s time in the (bleaching) sun? Or is it here to stay?!

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